Assassination of Jane Tipson
Eastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness - Martinique
16th September 2003
ECCEA, Administrative Secretary and Project Director in St Lucia.
Assassination of Jane Tipson, a defender of humans, animals and wildlife: A loss for the region and the world.
It is with grief and shock that we learnt of Jane Tipson’s murder early this morning, a woman whose integrity, extraordinary courage and dedication to the world’s wildlife, animals and the environment, knew few limits, if any, in islands where such policies are not always popular.
At one o’clock in the morning as she entered her property at Monchy in St. Lucia, in the East Caribbean, she was ambushed and shot. She died instantly.
The act is one that will mark all of those that knew and loved her. It is imperative that every step is taken to understand the true reasons for Jane’s death and ensure that the culprit is lawfully brought to justice.
We find it difficult to wrestle with the idea that this wonderful, conscientious, dedicated and in every way beautiful human being was taken away from us and the creatures and causes in whose interest she worked indefatigably. We will all miss her work and her beautiful nature and in her name we must make sure that this continues.
We can though take comfort in the confidence that she has gone to her just rewards.
Jane was from Cornwall, settling in St. Lucia some 25 years ago.
In 1995 she co-founded the Eastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness and was responsible for the regional programme in St. Lucia. She also created the St. Lucia Whale and Dolphin Watching Association and promoted the development of a now flourishing whale watching industry in that country; she led anti-captivity campaigns. She founded and dedicated her time and entire income to the St. Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) alleviating the intense misery of hundreds of wild and domestic animals in a way few people have ever done.
Wherever Jane may be, we hope she is surrounded by the creatures she loved. Our hearts are there with her.
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