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President Solís signs new Animal Welfare Law

The new law introduces prison sentences ranging from three months to one year for those found guilty of killing a domestic or a domesticated animal, and a series of monetary fines for animal cruelty.

Grecia: The Costa Rican Toucan with the prosthetic beak

Grecia is now on public display for visitors of ZooAve animal shelter in La Garita, Alajuela. The famous toucan may soon have a partner.

Disfigured Costa Rican toucan stars in Discovery documentary

A new Discovery Networks documentary tells the story of the Costa Rican toucan whose savagely mutilated beak was replaced with a prosthetic one, and how it inspired a nation to push for better treatment of animals.

New cases of animal abuse spark criticism of President Solís, lawmakers

Several recent cases of dog abuse, including that of Duke, who suffered major damage to his muzzle in an apparent machete attack, have renewed calls for harsher punishment for those who maim or kill animals.

Ticos love their dogs but could be better owners, study finds

More than half of Costa Rican homes have one or two dogs, but not every dog owner knows how to provide proper care.

Signature collection for animal welfare bill referendum set for July

Animal rights groups in July will begin collecting signatures across the country to approve a referendum in which citizens would vote on an animal welfare bill imposing stricter sanctions for animal cruelty.

Lawmakers, citizen groups keep up fight for animal welfare bill

A bill that seeks to establish prison time for animal abuse faces an uncertain future after several lawmakers filibustered voting on the law last week by filing over 70 motions against it.

Lawmakers mostly unsatisfied with work in their second year in office

As Costa Rica's legislature ends its second year in office, most party leaders agree that little progress was made during the recently-ended legislative session.

Animal Welfare Bill could be discussed in Legislative Assembly this week

A bill that would set stricter punishment, including prison time, for animal cruelty could be discussed in the Legislative Assembly this week.

Costa Rica moves to set prison sentences for animal cruelty

The Legislative Assembly's environmental affairs committee approved the long-awaited Animal Welfare Bill on Thursday. Now it must face a full vote.

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