Target: Government of Costa Rica
Goal: To thank the Costa Rican Government for protecting Costa Rica’s biodiversity by outlawing recreational hunting
Costa Rica has become the first Latin American country to ban hunting as a sport. This new law marks an extremely important milestone for Costa Rica considering the fact that it is one of the world’s most biodiverse nations. The decision to implement the hunting ban came by unanimous vote. Commend the Costa Rican government for its continued concern for biodiversity and their environmental mindset.
Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination due to its lush vegetation and its exotic wildlife. Unfortunately, foreign hunters travel to Costa Rica in search of exotic animals. Most hunters come to Costa Rica in search of exotic felines and rare parrots in order to make them “unique” pets. Taking these animals and removing them from their natural habitat is not only cruel to the animals, but it also disrupts the delicate balance of Costa Rica’s rich environment.
The new law banning hunting will greatly help protect Costa Rica’s wildlife. Those who are caught hunting may face up to four months in prison. They may also be subject to paying a fine up to $3000. In addition to punishing hunters, the new law also enforces smaller penalties for people who steal wild animals or seek to keep exotic animals as pets. The addition of people who steal animals or people who want to “domesticate” wild animals in the reform is a welcome change. Not only will animals be protected from hunters, but they will also receive better protection against illegal trade and a life of unnatural confinement.
While Costa Rica is making an extremely important decision in banning hunting for sport, some forms of hunting will still be allowed. Indigenous people will still be permitted to hunt in order to provide food for their families. Also, hunting will be allowed for those conducting scientific research.
Banning hunting as a sport is a small but significant step in protecting the world’s biodiversity. Perhaps one day, all types of hunting will be banned. Sign the petition below to thank the Costa Rican Government for their decision to protect biodiversity.
Dear Costa Rican Government Officials,
I would like to say thank you for passing the new law that bans hunting as a sport in Costa Rica. This is a major milestone not only for Costa Rica, but also for all of the wildlife in Costa Rica. You are ensuring that these animals will be able to live their lives freely and naturally in their natural habitat.
I would also like to thank you for including individuals who steal animals or seek to keep exotic animals in the new law. Illegal trade of exotic animals in the black market is an extremely significant issue that has yet to be eliminated. By adding these individuals to your new law, you are helping to discourage the illegal trade of exotic animals. I can only hope that other countries will follow your example and enforce similar laws to protect the wildlife.
Thank you again for your continued concern for the wildlife and biodiversity.
[Your Name Here]
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