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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:33 AM

Costa Rica passes law banning hunting as a sport

Source: Reuters

Costa Rica passes law banning hunting as a sport
Reuters
11:43 p.m. EST, December 10, 2012

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Rica on Monday became the first Latin American country to ban hunting as a sport, following an unanimous and final vote from Congress.

Lawmakers had provisionally approved a reform to its Wildlife Conservation law back in October. With a population of 4.5 million people, Costa Rica is one of the world's most biodiverse nations.

The Central American country is already known for its environmental mindset, with some 25 percent of its land protected as national parks or reserves.

Under the new law, those caught hunting can face up to four months in prison or fines of up to $3,000.

Smaller penalties for people who steal wild animals or keep them as pets were also included in the reform. Jaguars, pumas and sea turtles are among Costa Rica's most treasured species.

Read more: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/sns-rt-us-costarica-huntingbre8ba04p-20121210,0,1360063.story

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Reply Costa Rica passes law banning hunting as a sport (Original post)
Judi Lynn Dec 2012 OP
Quantess Dec 2012 #1
Paulie Dec 2012 #2
bitchkitty Dec 2012 #4
Paulie Dec 2012 #5
bitchkitty Dec 2012 #16
Duppers Dec 2012 #14
Paulie Dec 2012 #18
pitbullgirl1965 Dec 2012 #3
Kingofalldems Dec 2012 #6
devilgrrl Dec 2012 #7
Atypical Liberal Dec 2012 #8
samsingh Dec 2012 #9
AAO Dec 2012 #10
Arugula Latte Dec 2012 #11
randomtagger Dec 2012 #12
bitchkitty Dec 2012 #17
obamanut2012 Dec 2012 #19
Nye Bevan Dec 2012 #20
RebelOne Dec 2012 #13
Nye Bevan Dec 2012 #21
RebelOne Dec 2012 #22
Nye Bevan Dec 2012 #23
intheflow Dec 2012 #15

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:47 AM

1. Good news!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 07:04 AM

2. Wish the article said hunting of what

Fishing considered hunting? Hunting for wild mushrooms? It mentions jaguars, pumas, parrots and sea turtles, are those the only ones protected? Guess one actual paragraph explaining would have been too hard.

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Response to Paulie (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:01 AM

4. Hunting of animals.

And fishing is not hunting. You do not go "hunting fish" or "hunting mushrooms".

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Response to bitchkitty (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:13 AM

5. Sigh

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Response to Paulie (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 08:36 AM

16. Yes - I can picture it now, millions of mushrooms flapping their

gills in relief.

I don't need Wikipedia to draw the conclusion that the article refers to hunting ANIMALS as sport.

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Response to Paulie (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:34 PM

14. "hunting wild mushrooms"??!!

Last edited Wed Dec 12, 2012, 03:09 AM - Edit history (2)

Are you really such a severe literalist or just a jerk mocking this humanitarian gesture of the Costa Rica govt.?



edited for a missed autocorrect spelling.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #14)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 09:21 AM

18. Could just be an honest query regarding the law

But fine call me a jerk for asking a question.

The article didn't quote the law. So I'm a literalist for something unknown.

Way to represent DU, bravo. Hope your knee is ok.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 08:56 AM

3. Good! n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:16 AM

6. I like this one.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:46 AM

8. This does not appear to be about hunting for food.

 

Googling turns up several articles about this but most are copy-pastes of each other.

But what it appears that this law is targeting is "sport" hunting, or shooting animals just for the sake of shooting them or getting a "trophy".

I fully support this.

I fully support hunting, but on the condition that you eat what you shoot, as my father taught me. There is nothing wrong for hunting for food. If you eat meat, hunting is probably the most humane way to go about it. It is light-years ahead in terms of cruelty to the animals when compared to processed meat. It is also more ecologically friendly. There are no antibiotics or other drugs being intentionally injected into the animals that you hunt for food.

But I am against "sport" or "trophy" hunting where the idea is to just kill for the thrill of killing. Even these "safari hunts" where the hunters kill "big game" and then donate the meat to local tribes I find abhorrent. Yes, it's great that people are getting the meat from the hunt so that at least the animal is not going to waste, but for the several-to-tens of thousands of dollars you spent on your trophy hunt you could have fed the tribe for a year or sent them to school. I am not assuaged that there is some slight benefit to someone killing for fun.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:22 AM

9. great news and civilized

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:33 AM

10. Bravo!

 

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:43 AM

11. I wish I lived in a civilized country like this.

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:36 PM

12. What the fuck?

 

This has gone way too far.

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Response to randomtagger (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 08:38 AM

17. What has gone way too far? n/t

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Response to randomtagger (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 09:37 AM

19. Blood sports are barbaric

People who hunt for food only, and not as sport, are a different category.

But, I don't think the poster is wrong. A civilized society is against blood sports.

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #11)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:44 PM

20. Costa Rica's murder rate is more than double that of the US.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:00 PM

13. Bravo to Costa Rica! A civilized country. n/t

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:44 PM

21. Costa Rica's murder rate is more than double that of the US.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #21)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:00 PM

22. Did you check the figures carefully?

We have Costa Rica beat by quite a few thousand -- 12,522 to be exact.





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Response to RebelOne (Reply #22)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:09 PM

23. "rate", not "count" (nt)

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:04 PM

15. Just another reason to move to Costa Rica. n/t

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