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Selfie with a wild animal? Not in Costa Rica
Animal welfare
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Animal welfare
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Selfie with a wild animal? Not in Costa Rica

AFP and The Tico Times - October 25, 2019

Costa Rica launched on Friday a campaign to discourage visitors to the country from taking selfies with wild animals, the Ministry of Environment and Energy announced. "We…

Slothy Sunday: For the love of sloths
Animal welfare
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Animal welfare
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Slothy Sunday: For the love of sloths

Denise Gillen / Toucan Rescue Ranch - May 19, 2019

There are thousands of cute sloth photos floating around the internet, and we all love to ooh and aah over every one of them. If you scroll…

Toucan dies after being shot with BB gun
animal abuse
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animal abuse
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Toucan dies after being shot with BB gun

L. Arias - June 12, 2017

Just one day after President Luis Guillermo Solís signed the new Animal Welfare Bill  into law, officials from the private refuge ZooAve confirmed the death of a toucan…

President Solís signs new Animal Welfare Law
animal abuse
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animal abuse
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President Solís signs new Animal Welfare Law

L. Arias - June 12, 2017

Hundreds of people, many of them accompanied by their pets, marched along Paseo Colón in downtown San José on Sunday to witness President Luis Guillermo Solís and…

Death of crocodile in traditional Costa Rican activity stirs controversy
animal abuse
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animal abuse
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Death of crocodile in traditional Costa Rican activity stirs controversy

The Tico Times - April 16, 2017

An annual Guanacaste tradition went sour this weekend when a crocodile that locals had wrestled out of the water was found dead shortly thereafter. Local reports confirmed by…

Death of Kivú the lion unleashes blame game
Animal protection
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Animal protection
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Death of Kivú the lion unleashes blame game

L. Arias - February 21, 2017

The body of Kivú, the last of Costa Rica’s living lions, is currently under forensic evaluation  to determine the exact cause of his death, but the Environment…

Crocodile found dead in Gulf of Nicoya following thousands of washed up fish
Animal welfare
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Animal welfare
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Crocodile found dead in Gulf of Nicoya following thousands of washed up fish

The Tico Times - February 17, 2017

Worry is growing among locals and experts as more dead marine creatures turn up in Costa Rica's Gulf of Nicoya. On Friday morning, social media messages from…

Kivú’s health condition worsens; officials evaluate options
Animal welfare
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Animal welfare
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Kivú’s health condition worsens; officials evaluate options

L. Arias - February 15, 2017

The health of Kivú, the only living lion in Costa Rica, deteriorated in recent weeks, and a group of experts are evaluating options including putting him to…

Supreme Court deems wording of Animal Welfare Bill unconstitutional
Animal welfare
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Animal welfare
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Supreme Court deems wording of Animal Welfare Bill unconstitutional

L. Arias - February 1, 2017

Costa Rica's Animal Welfare Bill – which seeks to establish harsher punishments, including prison time, for abusing or killing animals – has suffered a new setback. On Wednesday, the…

Tico-style bullfights: some call it animal abuse, others a tradition
animal abuse
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animal abuse
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Tico-style bullfights: some call it animal abuse, others a tradition

L. Arias - December 27, 2016

The traditional Zapote Festival kicked off on Sunday; Tico-style bullfights are for many the main event, despite increasing disapproval of the practice. A survey by the National University's Institute for Social…