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Costa Rica Officially Bans Hunting as a Sport

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Back in October, lawmakers in Costa Rica made history by passing a reform to its Wildlife Conservation law banning hunting as a sport; the first in Latin America to pursue such legislation.

Yesterday, Congress made it official with an unanimous vote sealing the deal and slamming anyone who violates the law with a $3,000 fine and and/or up to four months in prison. There are also smaller penalties in place for those who steal wild animals or keep them as pets.

The law “will allow us to live in peace with other living things that share our planet,” the AFP quoted assembly president Victor Emilio Granadas as saying. “I believe this is a message we give to future generations, that an activity like sport hunting is not a sport but a cruelty.”

Back in October, Costa Rica also finally closed loopholes on shark finning in an effort to boost populations and stop the cruel practice. President Laura Chinchilla told reporters at the signing ceremony, “Costa Rica may set an example to the world when it comes to environmental protection, but it must be noted that we had a significant lag when it comes to protecting the oceans.”

Those found breaking the law will risk fines or the cancellation of their fishing license. Costa Rica also announced a new 15 million dollar radar system to better aide conservation officials in nabbing poachers on the nation’s waters.

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