• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Environmentalists Seek To Revamp Wildlife Laws

September 21, 2007

Environmentalists and business owners joined forces this week to call for a new wildlife law that would establish stricter penalties for trafficking of wildlife and other violations, and end sport hunting in the country.

The Association for the Preservation of Wild Flora and Fauna (APREFLOFAS) and Importadora Monge, a well-known chain department store in the country, announced intentions to collect the 160,000 signatures required to present a popular initiative to the Legislative Assembly.

If it happens, explained officials from both groups, it will be the first time a popular initiative is brought before the assembly in Costa Rica’s history.

Costa Rican citizens can sign petitions between now and next June at any of the chain’s 150 stores throughout the country.

“Wildlife is what attracts people to Costa Rica, and we’re proud to serve as a platform for this initiative,” said Mario Hernández, marketing director for Importadora Monge.

According to Gino Biamonte, executive director of the APREFLOFAS, the current wildlife law, known as the Ley de Vida Silvestre, is in dire need of review as development pressures and tourism increase in the country.

“We want the laws that protect our wildlife to be much stronger,” he said. “And just as importantly, we want Ticos to get involved in the process of protecting their own resources.”

 

You may be interested

Avianca to offer direct flights between Miami and Costa Rica
Costa Rica
1912 views
Costa Rica
1912 views

Avianca to offer direct flights between Miami and Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 10, 2021

Avianca announced a daily nonstop flight between the San José area and Miami, Florida, scheduled to start July 1. According…

Panama authorizes use of Chinese vaccine against Covid-19
Latin America
2120 views
Latin America
2120 views

Panama authorizes use of Chinese vaccine against Covid-19

AFP - April 10, 2021

Panama authorized "emergency" use of the CoronaVac vaccine, from the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, to combat Covid-19, the government announced…

Costa Rica coronavirus data for Friday, April 9
Costa Rica
57 views
Costa Rica
57 views

Costa Rica coronavirus data for Friday, April 9

The Tico Times - April 9, 2021

The country registered 907 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, April 7; 877 on Thursday, April 8; and 914 cases…