Demand Stricter Animal Cruelty Laws

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Target: Henry Mora Jiménez, President of the Costa Rica Legislative Assembly

Goal: Demand Costa Rica implement stronger animal cruelty penalties for ruthless animal abusers.

Costa Rica’s animal cruelty laws are still inexcusably lenient, despite the fact that it supports the Declaration of Animal Welfare, an intended agreement signed by governments aiming to create stronger animal rights legislation. Most alarmingly, people do not currently receive prison sentences for committing heinous animal abuse crimes.

President Solis of Costa Rica is urging lawmakers to pass a bill called the Animal Welfare Bill, which would make it so animal abusers receive larger fines and possibly also prison sentences of up to six years. Changes to the laws are desperately needed, as many vulgar animal cruelty crimes still take place in Costa Rica. In fact, it was less than a month ago that a wild toucan lost half of its beak after being brutally hit with a stick by callous teenagers. Other recent animal abuse crimes have included stabbing dogs in the face, abandoning at least 400 dogs near a volcano, and setting up a large cockfighting event.

Although President Solis has tried to pressure lawmakers into setting stronger penalties in place, the Legislative Assembly has yet to implement harsher animal abuse laws. Sign the petition below and demand Costa Rica’s lawmakers establish stronger animal rights legislation. The longer this leniency continues, the more animal abusers will continue to get away with committing heinous crimes against pets and wildlife.


Dear President Jiménez,

Even though Costa Rica has backed the Declaration of Animal Welfare, animal abuse laws in Costa Rica are still surprisingly weak. Since animal abusers only receive a limited amount in fines and do not receive prison sentences, many people in Costa Rica are still getting away with committing grotesque animal abuse crimes.

Recently, a toucan was attacked so severely that the bird permanently lost 50% of its beak. It was also not too long ago that dogs with drastically cut faces were displayed in The Tico Times, 120 roosters were rescued from a potential cockfight, and 400 or more dogs were abandoned near the Turrialba Volcano.

Without the implementation of higher fines and prison sentences, people will continue to get away with these vicious crimes. In addition, people contemplating participating in such crimes will also likely decide to go through with their actions, as they know they will only suffer minimal consequences.

For all of these reasons, I urge you and the other members of the Legislative Assembly to get behind this issue and to set stronger animal cruelty laws in place. These animals need better protection, and it is essential that the people who commit these monstrous crimes receive harsher punishments.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Donar Reiskoffer via Wikimedia Commons

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