$94,000 for In­for­ma­tion on Jane Tip­son Mur­der!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - FRONT PAGE - Joshua St. Aimee

Con­ser­va­tion­ist Jane Tip­son was shot 15 years ago on her way home.

Re­cently we re­ported on the un­solved mur­der of Jane Tip­son, an an­i­mal rights ac­tivist who was fa­tally shot near her Monchy home fif­teen years ago. At 53, Tip­son was the founder of the Saint Lucia An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety (SLAPS), and at the time of her death had been as­sid­u­ously cam­paign­ing against plans to open a dol­phin park in Saint Lucia.

She also worked along­side the U.S.-based Sea Shep­herd Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety in ex­pos­ing the killing of pilot whales here. Fol­low­ing her death the or­gan­i­sa­tion of­fered a re­ward of U.S.$25,000 for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to an ar­rest. So far there have been only ru­mours. Hope­fully this will change.

Fol­low­ing our story two weeks ago Sea Shep­herd de­cided to in­crease its re­ward to US$35,000. This week the group stated, “This is a cold case that needs to be solved. Jane was a coura­geous and pas­sion­ate de­fender of an­i­mals. She had no en­e­mies other than those who were in­tent upon build­ing a dol­phi­nar­ium or in il­le­gally killing pilot whales.”

On Wed­nes­day Cap­tain Paul Wat­son, founder of the Sea Shep­herd Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety, told the STAR he is hop­ing the ad­di­tional $10,000 will jog some mem­o­ries and re­sult in the ar­rest of a per­son or per­sons re­spon­si­ble for Tip­son’s mur­der. “The $25,000 didn’t seem to work,” he said. “Per­haps an in­creased re­ward will prove an in­cen­tive. We have re­ward pro­grammes around the world. Some­times they work, and some­times they don’t. We re­main op­ti­mistic in the mat­ter of Jane Tip­son. Her pas­sion was pro­tect­ing the lives of threat­ened an­i­mals on land and on sea.”

He re­called that a re­ward of $30,000 had re­sulted in the ar­rest of in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in a mur­der com­mit­ted in Costa Rica back in 2013. The vic­tim’s name: Jairo Mora San­doval. As for the more re­cent pro­posed plans for a dol­phin park in Saint Lucia, Cap­tain Wat­son said: “I think it’s very dis­re­spect­ful. It won’t do Saint Lucia much good. Dol­phin Parks are cer­tainly out of favour. Canada ac­tu­ally passed a law ban­ning all dol­phin parks through­out the en­tire coun­try.”

What Cap­tain Wat­son al­luded to was the pass­ing in the Cana­dian se­nate on 24 Oc­to­ber of Bill S-203 that bans the keep­ing of dol­phins and whales in cap­tiv­ity, and car­ries a fine of $200,000.

Many be­lieve Jane Tip­son was mur­dered be­cause she was a per­sis­tent cam­paigner against the cap­tiv­ity of whales and dol­phins.

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