Pit Bull
by Maria Mooney
Categories: Animals, Causes.

Costa Rican legislators signed a bill after a two year battle that will ban dog fighting in the country. If it goes into law, dog fighting will be labeled a criminal offense and the inhumane act will be accompanied by strict penalties. A three year prison sentence could be your fate if you engage in such animal cruelty, and along with time in jail, anyone guilty of the offense will have to register and be put on an offenders’ list, similar to that of sex offenders.

Dog fighting is already illegal in Costa Rica, but the legislation is very poor. The Humane Society International-Latin America fought to have this bill passed, which would enforce a stricter policy against animal cruelty. Previously, if someone was caught dog fighting, their animals would be confiscated but no penalties enforced, leaving the individual to reoffend without consequences.

There is hope the bill will be signed into law by Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla or by her successor, Luís Guillermo Solís. Cynthia Dent, the regional director for HSI-Latin America, told The Tico Times. “We are very pleased that this slipped right under the wire. We are definitely expecting improvements [with Solís]. We are very excited and hope we can continue working as closely as we have with the government.”

Let’s hope this bill is signed into law so Costa Rica’s no-nonsense attitude toward dog fighting can become an example for countries everywhere.

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About Maria Mooney

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at KrisCarr.com and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at MariaMooney.com for a free health consultation today!

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