In Memory of Jane Tipson

Founder and President of regional and national wildlife and animal welfare organisations
Born: Cornwall 8th January 1950
President of the St Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS)
Co-Founder and Secretary of the Eastern Caribbean Coalition for
Environmental Awareness (ECCEA), Director of the Association pour l’Amazonie et la Defense de la Nature (AADN)
Died: Monchy, St. Lucia 17th September 2003





The
death of Jane Tipson at one o’clock in the morning of the 17th
September is one of the greatest human tragedies to hit the East
Caribbean in recent years. Jane was ambushed and murdered as she drove
through her property in the early hours of the morning on her way home
after a long day of work dedicated to the needs of others; both humans
and animals. Shot at point blank range she died almost immediately.



The
premature and brutal death of such a well known, gifted and loved
environmentalist, on a small tropical island, has circled the world and
stunned those who worked with her on a myriad of issues. Jane’s death
has robbed the region of a voice that spoke out with determination, yet
kindness and understanding, in defence of the just causes she devoted
her entire energy and income too.



Jane adopted St. Lucia as her
home more than 20 years ago. Deeply concerned as to the fate of wild
and domestic creatures she founded the St. Lucia Animal Protection
Society (SLAPS) alleviating the intense misery of hundreds of wild and
domestic animals, and encouraging others to do so, in a way few people
have ever done, ensuring the passage of an Animal Rights Act in St.
Lucia only weeks before her death. She worked with the communities and
voluntary veterany help in order to improve life at home for everyone
concerned.



She was also co-founder of the regional organisation
the Eastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness (ECCEA) and
was responsible for the ECCEA-EU initiative in St. Lucia and its
documentary segment. The programme targeted the needs of communities,
the environment and ecosystems through the careful development of ways
and means that could offset the threats to all of these. One of the
most difficult tasks to face Jane was to develop acceptable strategies.
Her lucidity was immense and she was capable of developing plans that
made sense for islands where conservation policies were not always
popular.



Jane was not born to be a lobbyist, but she quickly
adapted herself to the role in face of crisis, aware that politics
governed both people and nature. Highly literate and humorous, she
published articles, devoted time to public awareness, speaking on
television and radio. She was active within the UN Convention on the
International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and worked untiringly
for the conservation of the great whales and the creation of the
Antarctica Sanctuary at the International Whaling Commission in 1994.
She ultimately negotiated with government the implementation of whale
watching laws, creating the St. Lucia Whale and Dolphin Watching
Association and the developing of a flourishing whale watching
industry. Jane led anti captivity campaigns, contesting the importation
of wild dolphins for parks in the Caribbean, where the performers often
died prematurely.



In St. Lucia and around the world, men, women
and children who knew Jane, wrestle with the idea that this wonderful
conscientious, dedicated and in every way beautiful human being has
been taken away from them and the creatures in whose interest she
worked indefatigably.



Jane Tipson was born in Cornwall in 1950.
She leaves behind her two parents living there, her sister Barbara in
St Lucia and countless abandoned humans and animals.
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