Costa Rica will soon become the first nation in the Americas to ban hunting for sport. From Reuters:
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. …
“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.
Jaguars, pumas and sea turtles are among the country’s most exotic and treasured species, and are often hunted or stolen as trophies.
Needless to say, it takes chutzpah to intentionally anger people who like killing things.
The hunting lobby released this video in response.
Costa Rica poised to ban hunting as sport in Latin America first, Reuters.