Costa Rica, known for its rainforest, biodiversity and eco-tourism, is on its way to soon becoming the first Latin American country to ban hunting for sport.
The nation’s congress provisionally approved the ban with a vote of 41 to 5. Though this law wouldn’t stop other forms of hunting and fishing, it would end the killing of animals for fun, and there certainly is something to be said for that. The next vote is expected to come some time in the next week and should be a positive outcome for animals.
Sadly, this does nothing to change the shark finning issue in the country. As Richard Branson wrote in a blog on the problem in Costa Rica, “Although shark finning has been banned in Costa Rica since 2001, a loop-hole has meant this legislation is proving impossible to enforce. As a global leader of environmental protection, we look to Costa Rica to provide an example to the world in stopping the cruel practice of shark finning.”
Perhaps the next move for the country will be to close that loop-hole and protect even more of nature’s precious creatures.
Still, a big victory for wildlife!
Via the Chicago Tribune
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