Sunday, April 19, 2009
Payback Mexican style
If you have been reading my blogs you may remember that we have had some issues with tree bandits.
They come under cover of darkness around midnight and you hear the distant whirr of chainsaws. Usually around the full moon....
Sometimes not so distant ..........
We have had many trees off our property cut, our fences destroyed and generally there is little you can do about it.
If you call the police, they will come a few days later when they get around to it.
Well, a few weeks ago there were several landowners in the area that got tired of it and actually caught a few of these lumbercrooks and turned them over to the police.
And yes, nothing happened, it is assumed that they were either friends of the law or paid their fines real quick and were issued a get out of jail card.
Well, things change.
Seems that frustrated about do nothing policies, someone took the situation into their own control.
Several men where missing for a few days, and the found.
Now I am not going to judge anyone and certainly it is a pretty price to pay, however I can certainly understand the frustrations which led up to this happening.
You can read the article in our local Michoacan paper.
There is something to be said for justice that you can have control over........the present attitude of the locals and people that live amongst the trees and and actually care about their natural resources, and their basic justice, is extremely positive.
Maybe the cuttings will stop, hopefully they will, for all concerned!