Costa Rica Coffee Guide

President Solís promises to submit bill in December against animal abuse

November 3, 2014

Following a meeting with animal rights groups, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís on Sunday evening promised the executive branch would include a bill against animal cruelty as a priority for approval in the Legislative Assembly starting next month.

Solís on Saturday posted a message on his Facebook page announcing that the Animal Welfare Bill — Bill #18,298 — would be sent to lawmakers for discussion on Dec. 1.

On the post he asked citizens, “What do you think this initiative should include? I will send your answers to lawmakers, productive sectors and animal welfare organizations that are involved in this process.”

On Sunday afternoon, members of the Pro-Animal Welfare Movement demonstrated in front of Casa Presidencial, in the southeastern district of Zapote, and later met with Solís.

Agriculture and Livestock Minister Luis Felipe Arauz, Youth Vice Minister Elena Quesada, National Animal Health Service Director Bernardo Jaén and Legislative Assembly Vice President Marcela Guerrero also attended the meeting.

In addition to promising to prioritize the bill, Solís pledged to form an inter-agency group that would include animal protection organizations and be responsible for outlining a road map for the implementation of the law.

The president said he would promote conversations between lawmakers and those groups because he believes progress requires cultural change.

“This goal requires a change in educational plans, and even in the culture of our people; it is not simply a matter of changing the law,” Solís told attendees.

María Ortega, a leader of the Pro-Animal Welfare Movement, echoed Solís’ comments and added that changing the mindset of many Costa Ricans would take years to accomplish.

Legislators on Dec. 1 will begin the Assembly’s extraordinary period, when a new agenda of bills is set for upcoming sessions that last until May.

You may be interested

Costa Rica to reapply restrictions in Greater Metropolitan Area
Costa Rica
21086 views
Costa Rica
21086 views

Costa Rica to reapply restrictions in Greater Metropolitan Area

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 1, 2020

Costa Rica will apply stricter health restrictions within the Greater Metropolitan Area in response to Wednesday's record-breaking increase in coronavirus…

Costa Rica coronavirus data for July 1, 2020
Costa Rica
21086 views
Costa Rica
21086 views

Costa Rica coronavirus data for July 1, 2020

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 1, 2020

Costa Rica confirmed 294 new cases of the coronavirus over the past day, totaling 3,753 cumulative known cases, the Health…

EU reopens to outside visitors; Costa Rica and U.S. not on list of approved countries
Latin America
1182 views
Latin America
1182 views

EU reopens to outside visitors; Costa Rica and U.S. not on list of approved countries

Chantal Valery and AFP bureaus - July 1, 2020

The European Union reopened its borders on Wednesday to visitors from 15 countries but excluded the United States, where coronavirus…