Costa Rica has passed a reform on its Wildlife Conservation law, which bans hunting as a sport. Costa Rica is the first Latin American nation to ban hunting as a recreational activity. The Congress made it official with a unanimous vote sealing the deal.
Under the new law, those who violate the rule will have to pay a fine of $3,000 and undergo four months of prison life. Currently, there are secret hunting tours that charge around $5,000 (€3,871.29) per person.
People, who steal wild animals to treat them as pets, will receive smaller penalties. Costa Rica’s most valuable wild animals include jaguars, pumas and sea turtles. People who come to Costa Rica to hunt do not come to shoot one or two run-off-the-mill birds.
Rather they are very much amused to see the country’s rare felines. Some like to steal rare parrots to keep them as pets.
Around 25% of Costa Rica is considered as either a national park, or a natural reserve, and this ban is no surprise for a country which is regarded as one of the world’s most biodiverse countries.