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Jorge Campos


Jorge Campos

Mexican Soccer Legend

Jorge Francisco Campos Navarrete (nicknamed El Brody or Chiqui-Campos or El Chapulín) is a retired Mexican Soccer Legend who played as a goalkeeper. Campos, who was the assitant coach for Mexico's 2006 World Cup team, called on President-elect Felipe Calderon, to dedicate more resources to protect marine turtles along the coast of Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located.

"Turtles are worth more alive than dead," he said, adding that the turtles could draw millions of tourists to the region. Mexico, a country of more than 81 million people, is a major nesting area for several species of sea turtles, which are protected by law. Harvesting or selling their eggs is a criminal offense, punishable by up to nine years in prison and fines.

Still each year, officials seize thousands of turtle eggs at Mexican markets. The eggs are considered a delicacy. Fewer than 1,000 adult female leatherback turtles are left in Mexico's Pacific range, down from an estimated 70,000 to 90,000 in 1980, according to the World Wildlife Fund.