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October 03, 2012

Costa Rica Could Be First Latin American Country to Ban Hunting

By Chad Love

Have you had a lifelong dream to take a hunting trip to...Costa Rica? If, by chance, you have, get ready for some bad news.

From this story on Huffpost:
Costa Rica is poised to become the first Latin American country to ban hunting as a sport, after Congress on Tuesday provisionally approved reforms to its Wildlife Conservation Law. Lawmakers voting on the ban voted 41 in favor and five against, and a second vote expected in the coming week is widely seen ratifying changes to the law, which aims to protect animals in one of the world's most biodiverse countries. Costa Rica's national parks attract some 300,000 visitors annually, and tourism is a mainstay of the economy. "We're not just hoping to save the animals but we're hoping to save the country's economy, because if we destroy the wildlife there, tourists are not going to come anymore", environmental activist Diego Marin, who campaigned for the reform, told local radio.

According to the story, jaguars, puma and sea turtles are favorite targets of poachers, but it doesn't mention anything at all about what types of (formerly) legal hunting Costa Rican citizens engaged in. This is a long shot, but anyone ever hunted Costa Rica? Can you shed any light?

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I recall going over PETA's 990 tax return and recall a large number of dollars, by way of vacations, going to Costa Rica. I wonder if that has anything to do with this?

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from blevenson wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Wasn't planning on making a trip to Costa Rica anytime soon anyways. When the animals start to get overpopulated and diseased then maybe they'll come to their senses and realize hunting wasn't such a bad thing after all.

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from omarfishesalot wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

this statement isnt influenced by this article,so what the heck: what did you from a nation of sissies?

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from omarfishesalot wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

on a second note look what heppened when El salvador banned its legal hunting,a perfect example of what happens to wildlife when you ban legal hunting.for all you slow types its down the tubes.

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from omarfishesalot wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

on a positive note they have un-banned it or are close to right now,because they have realized the error of their ways.sorry for all the comments folks.

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

why not ban the hunting of the species mentioned, tighten regulations for species that are not in danger of population collapse and dramatically increase the penalties of poaching???

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Outlawing hunting wont stop poaching.

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Outlawing hunting wont stop poaching.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I recall going over PETA's 990 tax return and recall a large number of dollars, by way of vacations, going to Costa Rica. I wonder if that has anything to do with this?

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from blevenson wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Wasn't planning on making a trip to Costa Rica anytime soon anyways. When the animals start to get overpopulated and diseased then maybe they'll come to their senses and realize hunting wasn't such a bad thing after all.

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from omarfishesalot wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

this statement isnt influenced by this article,so what the heck: what did you from a nation of sissies?

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from omarfishesalot wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

on a second note look what heppened when El salvador banned its legal hunting,a perfect example of what happens to wildlife when you ban legal hunting.for all you slow types its down the tubes.

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from omarfishesalot wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

on a positive note they have un-banned it or are close to right now,because they have realized the error of their ways.sorry for all the comments folks.

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

why not ban the hunting of the species mentioned, tighten regulations for species that are not in danger of population collapse and dramatically increase the penalties of poaching???

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