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Costa Rica just became the first country in Latin America to ban hunting for sport. Costa Rica’s Congress voted unanimously on Monday to approve the ban, which will protect the country’s wildlife – including several species of native big cats. Any hunters caught breaking the new law will face jail time or hefty fines.

Hunters from around the world flock to Costa Rica to hunt the country’s jaguars and pumas for sport – or to capture the cats and sell them on the black market as pets.  Illegal hunting tours bring in a pretty penny for tour leaders, and their popularity helped spur the newly announced ban. Parrots are also a target, since they can be captured and smuggled out to be sold as pets around the world.

The Costa Rican people started the initiative to protect their animals – it began as a grass-roots campaign that brought over 177,000 signatures to the national Congress. Now that the bill has been approved, violators of the hunting ban will face up to four months in jail and fines up to $3,000.

Earlier this fall, an amendment was made to the country’s Wildlife Conservation law. The new hunting ban strengthens this reform. Costa Rica is a very environmentally conscious country, and it has placed a major focus on conserving its rich biodiversity.

Via The Guardian

Images ©Marco Zanferrari and ©Harlequeen

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  1. El Pinto Expeditions August 1, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Yes…. there is corruption and pouching in Costa Rica…no different than first world countries….but a least Costa Rica is trying with its limited resources to take the challenging task of enforcing the law…… self-righteous negative comments of expats in this forum about the ban and Costa Rica…far from helping with wild life preservation, it only feed their egos…..this is a big step for futures generations of Costa Ricans for a more responsible attitude with nature…..and that is precisely the goal of this band…. no jail time.

  2. Arturo Carballo Madrigal August 1, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Great achievement by Costa Rica. Nonetheless the research seriousness of this article has to be analyzed. Indeed Costa Rica banned the hunting, however they did it since October 2012 and the article does not clarifies that…

  3. Carol Kant July 30, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Good for Costa Rica – hopefully they will enforce it & also hope other countries follow suit especially after this week’s heartbreaking news about the majestic PROTECTED lion Cecil!!!

  4. Ernie Meyer July 21, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    now they need to enforce the law

  5. Rhyan Rudman July 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

    It looks like Costa Rica is now a place I should consider visiting

  6. Scott Lichtenstein July 20, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Let’s hope the rednecks don’t brand it ‘Communist’ and preassurize the government to reverse.

  7. Reuben Hart July 20, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    This is the greatest news I’ve ever read. Those fabulous animals whose beauty make life on this otherwise unbearable planet tenable, can now live without fear of dying at the hands of rotten heartless trophy seekers. Does hunting make you cowards feel like men? You never were.

  8. Kelly Schueman June 29, 2015 at 2:02 am

    We chose Costa Rica for our vacation this year because of the ban. I can no longer stomach how brutal Wyoming and Montana are. They used to be our summer vacations for generations. The wolf massacre taught us things about those states that were shocking. Costa Rica is a gentle alternative. 10% of their population now are ex pats. We will most likely be adding to the number. I am so happy for this country who’s government is also running fossil fuel free. A tiny country is kicking the US’s backside, when it comes to being responsible. You go Costa Rica!

  9. Kelly Schueman June 29, 2015 at 1:57 am

    This happened in 2012. There are poachers, but the citizens I’ve met there are very proud of their countries environmental responsibility. The young people we met had recently gotten several kinds of biology degrees. It was wonderful to see young people so proud,and excited about their countries future.

  10. Bruce Hansen June 28, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I’ve owned a home in Costa Rica for 7 years, and know from experience that poaching and corruption runs rampant. It’s one more law, sadly, that won’t be enforced.

  11. Corvus Corax April 26, 2015 at 8:53 am

    You told us “Costa Rica Becomes First Latin American Country to Ban Hunting for Sport”. Which are other country from all American continents who ban hunting for sport? Or in entire world? Thank you!

  12. Harriet Ross April 21, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    the fine is way too low. if you set the fine at 25,000 dollars it would stand a far better chance of getting people to report sightings of poaching parties and, one hopes, the money could be used to pay trained rangers to be on the lookout to spot and stop the poaching. I think offering rewards for reporting poachers would be a good plan as well. Best luck to the country of my early childhood.

  13. Richard Whisler April 20, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Costa Rica is being run by some Really Cool People!

  14. Craig Schaffer April 20, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I live in Costa Rica, the enforcement will be a challenge I assure all of you, I live in a mountain that has daily hunting activity… And the birds are constantly caught and sold and made to live in tiny cages… Very Very traumatic to see and sad…
    People with hunting dogs are out daily and who will dare to stop them?

  15. Allan Kain April 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    This is ” the best ” .

  16. Allan Kain April 13, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I can\\\’t believe , that finally some country is closing the doors on zoos ! How wonder-fullk

  17. edharold April 13, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Ridiculous, many countries have proven an effective wild life management program includes regulated hunting.

  18. Chris Barnes April 13, 2015 at 11:50 am

    An outright ban is just stupid. The result of this will be that poachers will be the only ones that now have a value on the wildlife – and they will decimate the population. Management of elephants in Africa have PROVEN that the only way to help protect a population is to allow controlled hunting.

  19. Shelley Schulz April 13, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Thank you so much.

  20. Pamela Hunnisett April 12, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    We\’ll see if any difference is made:
    http://www.macleans.ca/society/life/death-in-the-rainforest/

  21. Kari Pfister Danna April 12, 2015 at 10:58 am

    This is fantastic! I just worry that 4 months in jail and $3,000 is not enough of a deterrent. It should be more like $200,000 and 1 year jail time.

  22. Craig Schaffer April 12, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Now that’s leadership in today’s world!

  23. peacefulsunny August 14, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Bravo!! I will now make it a point to visit, spend my tourist $ there!! and will try and BUY Costa Rican produce whenever I can!

  24. Carol AC May 26, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Wonderful news, well done Costa Rica.

  25. Tina Tau December 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    This is real progress! other countries should take as an example

  26. debster333 December 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    This is amazing! I hope other countries will follow.

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