Costa Rica: Popular initiative bans hunting for sport
Popular initiative bans hunting for sport
January 31, President Laura Chinchilla signed the Ley de Vida Silvestre, a law approved in October 2012 by Congress prohibiting hunting for sport. As a result, Costa Rica is the first country in Latin America to prohibit this practice.
Apreflofas, a local conservation group, supported this measure through a new legislative procedure called public initiative. The proposal had reached Congress with 177.000 signature, or 5% of the electoral population. This had been possible after consultations with environmental and academic groups, as well as political parties and public bodies.
Hence, it is also the first time that a law is approved following popular initiative.
According to the law, sport hunters will be fined ₡1.5 million ($3000) and individuals caught trafficking wildlife species ₡900.000 ($1800). However, the law continues to make it legal to hunt for personal consumption, wildlife population control or scientific research.
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