Applaud Costa Rica for Improved Ban on Shark Finning

Target: President Laura Chinchilla

Goal: To applaud Costa Rica for its executive order that bans shark finning and trade from the country

President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica has recently signed a new presidential decree that works to ban the practice of shark finning and trade for good. This life threatening practice, which consists of slicing off fins and tossing the shark back into the ocean to die, will be strictly prohibited in the country with attention to closing loopholes that were allowing to transport and import shark fins.

Although under the existing legislation passed in 2001, shark  finning itself had been banned in Costa Rica, the transport and import of shark fins was still allowed. Therefore, this recently signed executive order ultimately works to fully ban the shark fin trade once and for all. At a signing ceremony in Manuel Antonio National Park Chinchilla said, “Costa Rica may set an example to the world when it comes to environmental protection, but it must be noted that we had a significant lag when it comes to protecting the oceans.”

The  $10-15 million investment made to implement a new radar system in order to target potential lawbreaking fishing boats further proves the serious efforts made by the Costa Rican administration to enforce the ban of shark finning. Chinchilla stated that the radar system “will cover 100 percent of Costa Rican marine territory.”

This petition gratefully applauds President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica in her efforts made to implement a strict enforcement program that works to ensure the finning of sharks and shark trade is entirely prohibited from the country.


Dear President Laura Chinchilla,

I applaud your efforts in implementing a strict enforcement system that prohibits shark finning and trade in Costa Rica. The act of shark finning and trade should be absolutely banned and the new radar system you have instilled is a great role model for other countries to follow in hopes of ensuring once and for all the safety of these animals.

The 10 years of work by many of the country’s nonprofit conservation groups, such as the Marine Turtle Restoration Project and MarViva Foundation, is greatly appreciated.  The new and improved decree shows your appreciation and care for all marine life and proves to be a program that countries around the world should participate in and generate for their own bordered waters.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. This barbaric practice must be abolished globally.

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