Thursday, January 31, 2013

Stolen sacred petroglyphs found - why rock vandalism matters

Petroglyphs (ancient drawings on the stones of mountains, caves, and deserts) are priceless to indigenous people around the world.

Some horrible people stole some Native American sacred drawings by cutting them out of a rockface.

(Some other jerks sometimes paint near or over them. Don't put up with that. Make a fuss if you see someone messing with the rocks.)

It's cultural eradication, the destruction of our collective human history, and it's unfixable.

Damaging or removing the petroglyphs in the US is a felony. First-time offenders can be imprisoned for up to one year and fined as much as $20,000. Second-time offenders can be fined up to $100,000 and imprisoned up to five years.