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Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:51 PM

Costa Rica to ban hunting for sport

Source: Reuters

Costa Rica to ban hunting for sport

Central American country hopes law will help to retain the tourism trade on which the nation's economy depends

Reuters in San Josť
The Guardian, Wednesday 3 October 2012 13.49 EDT

Costa Rica is poised to become the first Latin American country to ban hunting as a sport after its congress provisionally approved reforms to its wildlife conservation law.

Lawmakers voted 41 in favour of and five against the ban, and a second vote expected in the coming week is widely seen as ratifying changes to the law, which aims to protect animals in one of the world's most biodiverse countries.

Costa Rica's national parks attract some 300,000 visitors annually, and tourism is a mainstay of the economy.

"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", environmental activist Diego Marin, who campaigned for the reform, told local radio.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/03/costa-rica-ban-hunting-sport

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Judi Lynn Oct 2012 OP
Kingofalldems Oct 2012 #1
and-justice-for-all Oct 2012 #37
Grave Grumbler Oct 2012 #2
Duer 157099 Oct 2012 #3
Grave Grumbler Oct 2012 #5
devilgrrl Oct 2012 #7
Grave Grumbler Oct 2012 #16
Duppers Oct 2012 #8
Grave Grumbler Oct 2012 #17
fascisthunter Oct 2012 #22
Grave Grumbler Oct 2012 #23
fascisthunter Oct 2012 #24
Grave Grumbler Oct 2012 #25
LanternWaste Oct 2012 #40
Grave Grumbler Oct 2012 #42
formercia Oct 2012 #12
Grave Grumbler Oct 2012 #18
fascisthunter Oct 2012 #21
JustABozoOnThisBus Oct 2012 #32
David Zephyr Oct 2012 #4
Judi Lynn Oct 2012 #36
colsohlibgal Oct 2012 #6
alterfurz Oct 2012 #9
gejohnston Oct 2012 #27
samsingh Oct 2012 #10
RebelOne Oct 2012 #11
samsingh Oct 2012 #33
Arctic Dave Oct 2012 #13
SunSeeker Oct 2012 #14
cpwm17 Oct 2012 #26
Flaxbee Oct 2012 #15
gejohnston Oct 2012 #28
samsingh Oct 2012 #34
gejohnston Oct 2012 #35
samsingh Oct 2012 #38
gejohnston Oct 2012 #39
LanternWaste Oct 2012 #41
spiderpig Oct 2012 #19
CreekDog Oct 2012 #30
fascisthunter Oct 2012 #20
burrowowl Oct 2012 #29
JustABozoOnThisBus Oct 2012 #31
trailmonkee Oct 2012 #43
mitchtv Oct 2012 #44

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:57 PM

1. Great news! Killing for sport is reprehensible.

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 08:06 PM

37. I fully agree.nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 05:03 PM

2. Shrug. It's not as if hunters were flocking to Costa Rica to begin with.

 

I assume this won't affect sportfishing, which is quite popular in Costa Rica.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 05:10 PM

3. OMFG. "Turtles are among the animals often hunted in Costa Rica"

How lame of a hunter to you have to be to hunt turtles for sport????

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Response to Duer 157099 (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 05:22 PM

5. The last time I was in the Caymans, I had a turtle burger...yummy!

 

I'll have to grant that turtles aren't exactly the most, um, challenging game animal on Earth.

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Response to Grave Grumbler (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 05:50 PM

8. jeepers

Ya had to jump into this thread too.

Whales, turtles...

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Response to Duppers (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:32 PM

17. That's right, I'm a poster, and I posted.

 

Golly!

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Response to Grave Grumbler (Reply #17)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 09:18 PM

22. with an obvious agenda

stop fronting

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Response to fascisthunter (Reply #22)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 09:23 PM

23. So if someone says something you like, they're expressing their opinion.

 

If they say something you don't like, they're fronting an agenda.

Got it.

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Response to Grave Grumbler (Reply #23)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 09:26 PM

24. gooba gooba derf duh

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Response to fascisthunter (Reply #24)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 10:09 PM

25. How...eloquent.

 

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Response to Grave Grumbler (Reply #25)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 02:15 PM

40. As eloquent as turtle hunting..

As eloquent as turtle hunting...

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #40)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 03:20 PM

42. The turtle I ate was farmed, not hunted.

 

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Response to Grave Grumbler (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 06:27 PM

12. Is that you, Mitt?

If people didn't buy them, the locals would have no reason to hunt the Turtles.

Something to think about.

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Response to formercia (Reply #12)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:36 PM

18. The turtle I ate was farmed, not hunted.

 

www.turtle.ky

That makes them a renewable resource. Think about that.

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Response to Grave Grumbler (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 09:17 PM

21. sometimes, humans aren't either

especially on discussion forums.

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Response to Duer 157099 (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:35 AM

32. Hunting turtles for sport?

It might be a challenge if you hunt them in the water, with spear, flippers, and a snorkel/mask. I think I'd enjoy that kind of hunt, though instead of a spear I'd use a waterproof camera. If you catch one with a camera, you don't need to clean and cook it.

On land, with a large-caliber rifle, maybe not so challenging.

Even Elmer Fudd might be able to sneak up on one, if he's vewwy vewwy quiet.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 05:18 PM

4. Judi Lynn, I love Costa Rica anyway, this just makes it more so.

K&R.

Thanks for all the news you bring to the DU, especially about Latin America. It's one of the things I depend on here. (I lived over 5 years in Latin America).

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Response to David Zephyr (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 04:58 PM

36. If only others would move now to follow their lead instead waiting until everything's gone!

DU has a missing poster, Arcos, who used to post here all the time from Costa Rica.

He was our window to this VERY interesting country.

Left after Laura Chinchilla got elected, I believe. I take that to indicate she's not great for progressive Costa Ricans.

Thank you, hope you make many more trips to the Americas, and enjoy every minute.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 05:28 PM

6. Good!

I have never understood the thrill of shooting living things for the fun of it.

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Response to colsohlibgal (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 06:04 PM

9. you, me, and Walter De La Mare

Hi!
Hi! Handsome hunting man,
Fire your little gun,
Bang! Now that animal
Is dead and dumb and done.
Never more to peep again, creep again, leap again,
Eat or sleep or drink again, oh, what fun!

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Response to colsohlibgal (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:59 AM

27. neither have I, but

but when I was a kid, the deer and small game my brother and I shot as kids supplemented my mom's food stamps and meager pay check. When my son was younger, he asked how I felt about hunting, I told him "you kill it, you eat it." If you think that is barbaric, go to feed lot, factory farm, on the killing floor of a meat packing plant.
I don't like trophy hunting, but people who look down their noses at venison eating rednecks while buying pre packaged beef that someone else killed in a not so humane way are frankly hypocritical.

But I digress, I'm guessing the ban will mostly affect rich foreigners custom made rifles that cost more than my house.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 06:10 PM

10. civilized at last - i hate hunting - it's barbaric

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Response to samsingh (Reply #10)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 06:21 PM

11. Me too.

Hunting is not a sport anyway. A sport is only if both sides are equally equipped.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #11)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:27 AM

33. agreed

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 06:34 PM

13. Very good news.

 

"Thrill Kill" hunters are scumbags.

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 07:23 PM

14. Exactly. I don't get killing for pleasure. nt

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 10:15 PM

26. Thrill Killers

You beat me to it with that line. I can't stand killing for pleasure.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:06 PM

15. Excellent news! I've never been to CR, but I'll make sure I get there

somehow, just to express support.

Hunting is just barbaric. Unless you really, really need the food, which in today's world shouldn't be a reality (though I know for too many hungry people it is), there is no need to hunt. It is not a sport. It is bloodthirsty, wasteful, hateful killing. Anyone who enjoys killing an animal just for the heck of it should get a psych evaluation.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #15)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 01:06 AM

28. ever been to a feed lot?

shooting a deer and eating it is not barbaric. It is knowing where your food comes from. If you want to see barbaric, visit the feed lot or factory farm. Trophy hunting is barbaric. Eating store bought meat, pumped full of chemicals and inhumanely killed by some underpaid person, and looking down on the venison eating redneck is hypocritical.

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Response to gejohnston (Reply #28)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:28 AM

34. what about the children of the animal that is killed?

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Response to samsingh (Reply #34)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 04:25 PM

35. hunting seasons are timed

when young animals are grown, which is why it is in the fall and often for males. Male deer don't help raise the kids. Mushroom burgers are really good with Swiss cheese.

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Response to gejohnston (Reply #35)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:17 PM

38. i honestly can't see how someone can kill an animal

- for food i reluctantly can

- for sport - i can't. trump's son went to Africa to hunt a cat. to me that is the definition of evil
- there are stories of paul ryan getting excited on some game farm because of all the animals he could kill. disgusting.

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Response to samsingh (Reply #38)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:36 AM

39. I agree on the sport hunting part

trophies etc. I put that up there with bullfights. I rarely eat meat these days partly because I can't support the factory farm system.

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Response to gejohnston (Reply #28)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 02:16 PM

41. Many may say that enjoying it is, though...

"shooting a deer and eating it is not barbaric..."

Many may say that enjoying it is, though...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:52 PM

19. I visited Costa Rica for a week about 10 years ago

Friendliest people I ever met.

I used to tell my friends that the Ticos made Hawaiians look downright ornery.

They don't have a military, so they channel their funds into schools. They had (last time I checked) a 95% literacy rate.

It figures they'd channel so much of their efforts into eco-tourism and natural preservation.

Love the place.

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Response to spiderpig (Reply #19)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 07:48 AM

30. and National Health care!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 09:16 PM

20. Good... find another hobby richie

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 02:43 AM

29. Good on Costa Rica!

Hunting to eat ok, but just for the thrill of it NO!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:26 AM

31. The ban would not apply to hunting for "Scientific Research" reasons

...which is the rationale for the Japanese whaling industry.

Anyway, if sport hunting was putting serious pressure on the wildlife populations, then this is a good ban.

If proceeds from sport hunting was used to preserve wildlife habitat, as is done in much of the U.S., then this ban may backfire. Proceeds from U.S. sport hunting have increased the number of white-tail deer, and have brought wild turkeys back from the brink of extinction.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 03:49 PM

43. nice!!

I'm looking forward to spending vacation dollars in Costa Rica!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 10:42 PM

44. a big problem is the hunting of turtle eggs

It probably won;t extend to them. You can find them for sale openly in the streets. I don't think it is legal, or maybe depends on the species

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