Pig farms threaten Mexico’s Mayan heritage on Yucatan Peninsula

Formed in subway caverns, ancient aquamarine-colored wells number in the thousands in the lush Mayan jungle and are connected to the Yucatan's aquifer, which in some cases supplies its inhabitants through cisterns.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - They will "destroy them," warns Doroteo Hau, an indigenous man fighting the proliferation of pig farms accused of contaminating the "cenotes", the dazzling springs vital to the Mayan communities of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.

Their battle ranges from lawsuits to a recent consultation. The villagers overwhelmingly rejected the pig farms, whose waste, they claim, ended up in the cenotes, one of the main attractions of the famous Riviera Maya in southeastern Mexico.

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