Target: Costa Rican Government
Goal: Commend the government of Costa Rica for its milestone decision to ban hunting nationwide
Costa Rica is in prime position to become the first Latin American country to approve a national ban on hunting. In an attempt to reform its current Wildlife Conservation Law, Costa Rican lawmakers approved the ban in a preliminary vote, and will most likely do the same in an upcoming secondary vote.
This modification of the Wildlife Conservation Law would mean the protection of wildlife in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions. Costa Rica is one of the smallest counties landmass-wise, encompassing only .03% of the earth’s surface, and yet holds more than 5% of the earth’s biodiversity. This incredible density of flora and fauna is able to endure due to a strong and passionate environmental education system advocated by domestic Costa Ricans, and those visiting the region as well.
According to an article by The Huffington Post, this reform would not only protect the wildlife of Costa Rica, it would also serve to stimulate the nation’s economy. Currently, Costa Rica’s tourist industry is the backbone of the nation’s economy—national parks attract approximately 300,000 tourists per year, and the industry produces approximately $2.1 billion annually in revenue. “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,” said environmental activist and reform advocate Diego Marin.
Although the ban would outlaw hunting for sport, it would allow indigenous groups to continue hunting since they depend on the practice for food. Hunting for scientific research would also be allowed.
Please sign below to show your support for this milestone decision. Support Costa Rica in its movement to value the animals native to the country.
Dear Government Officials of Costa Rica,
The anti-hunting legislation advocated by Costa Rican lawmakers is a major milestone for environmental law. By passing this ban, Costa Rica will be the first Latin American country to approve a national ban on hunting—an inspirational step forward for environmental regulation.
This law prohibiting hunting for sport will still allow hunting for indigenous groups that depend on the practice for food, and hunting for the sake of scientific research. To put these provisions in the law shows a refreshing respect for native peoples and scientific advancement.
Thank you for taking such a necessary and motivating step towards promoting environmental sustainability.
[Your Name Here]
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