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Costa Rica begins fumigating planes at international airports to halt spread of animal disease

The measure aims to prevent the transmission of exotic diseases, especially those that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

Pigeon overpopulation in San José threatens human health, historic monuments

Costa Rica's Health Ministry recently ordered San José city officials to come up with a plan to control the urban pigeon population. The birds are becoming a health hazard.

Costa Rica court convicts owner of illegal puppy mill

A Cartago court sentenced a man for illegally breeding dogs in a puppy mill. Most of the dogs were kept inside stacked cages or hanging crates for years.

More heavy rains over Costa Rica expected starting Thursday night

The National Meteorological Institute forecasts continued rains for the Caribbean and northern regions, and precipitation in the Pacific region, including Guanacaste. Currently 1,630 people forced to leave their homes by flooding and landslides are being housed in 17 shelters.

Costa Rica experiments with aquaponics to fight drought

Water from an aquaponics system works as an effective fertilizer that reduces crops’ growing time by up to 50 percent and reduces water use by up to 90 percent, according to research from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry.

Costa Rica investigates company’s navigation permits after weekend chemical spill in Nicoya Gulf

Officials from the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (INCOPESCA) on Monday said that 180 tons of ammonium nitrate spilled into the Nicoya Gulf last Saturday has not caused significant damage to the area’s marine resources.

Animal welfare service discovers contagious bacteria in cattle

After surveying 348 cows across 19 farms in the area, 44 infected cows were identified, quarantined and killed to control the spread of the bacteria that affects people as well as animals.

Costa Rica to crack down on puppy mills

Responding to an official complaint filed with the National Animal Health Service (SENASA), police raided a Cartago home last week. With only two small bedrooms and a cramped sitting room, the tiny house had served as the only living space for 18 French poodles, part of an illegal breeding operation.

Russia OKs imports of Costa Rican beef, milk powder

Costa Rica's cattle industry meets all health requirements for exporting to Russia, according to Russia's Federal Administration of Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control.

Costa Rican lawmakers approve dog fighting ban

Under the current laws, dog fight organizers usually have their dogs confiscated if caught, but recieve no other punishment.

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