Sonia Horon, Global Animal

Yesterday, the Costa Rican Congress unanimously passed a law that bans hunting as a sport once and for all. The law is already making history as it is the first of its kind in Latin America.

Under this new regulation, anyone caught hunting will suffer a fine of up to $3,000. This is wonderful news for the tropical birds, jaguars, and many other rare species inhabiting the country’s extensive rainforests and national parks.

Costa Rica is known for its extensive biodiversity, making this law that much more important. Photo credit:

The AFP quotes assembly president Victor Emilio Granadas as saying the law “will allow us to live in peace with other living things that share our planet.”

He continued, “I believe this is a message we give to future generations, that an activity like sport hunting is not a sport but a cruelty.”

Smaller penalties for people who steal wild animals or keep them as pets were also included in the reform. 

With 25 percent of its land protected as national parks or reserves, Costa Rica has already made great progress when it comes to animal legislation.

In October, the country completely banned shark finning. In addition, President Laura Chinchilla announced the country’s plans to invest between 10 and 15  million dollars in an attempt to further protect their marine environment.