Group of lawmakers try to block Costa Rica hunting ban

October 4, 2012

Fourteen legislators stalled the progress of the Wildlife Act by sending the bill to the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court to review the act’s constitutionality.

The lawmakers – eight Libertarians, two National Liberation Party members, one Social Christian Unity Party member and one Access Without Exclusion Party member, signed the inquiry to send the bill to the Supreme Court. The Wildlife Act would ban hunting for sport in Costa Rica, the first country in the Americas to implement such a ban.

Libertarian Patricia Pérez was the only member of her party in the Legislative Assembly to not support the constitutional inquiry.

The law allows the hunting of animals only in the case of scientific research, subsistence and species control.

The bill was approved in a first-round vote by 41 lawmakers Tuesday, with only five members of the Libertarian Movement Party voting against it.

The bill set another precedent in the country, as it was proposed to the Legislative Assembly by public initiative, having garnered the signatures of 177,000 Costa Ricans. The effort was organized by local conservation group Apreflofas.

Other members of the assembly did not see the point of the constitutional review, and said the issue had been voted on and passed. The bill needs to pass a second round of debate before it can be signed by the president and published in the official government newsletter as law.

Luis Guillermo Solís, likely to be the next presidential candidate from the Citizen Action Party, said the bill’s passage “was living history … because today people organized and commanded the First Branch of the Republic.”

“The Wildlife Law is perfectible, but more importantly, it inaugurates popular initiative laws. Today, the people are sovereign. … Social organization [and] civic action are the driving force for major social changes and a fundamental asset that strengthens and improves our democracy,” he added.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

The planet loses 40 soccer fields worth of forests every minute
Climate Change
317 views
Climate Change
317 views

The planet loses 40 soccer fields worth of forests every minute

Michelle Soto / Latin Clima - March 24, 2019

In just 10 years the planet has lost 945,345 km2 of natural forests, a little over the total size of…

Slothy Sunday: The death grip
Environment & Wildlife
298 views
Environment & Wildlife
298 views

Slothy Sunday: The death grip

The Tico Times - March 24, 2019

With their long claws and strong muscles, sloths have a powerful grip. Their bodies are so conditioned to hanging from…

Costa Rica issues invitation to Commission on Human Rights following murder of Bribrí leader
Costa Rica
1181 views
Costa Rica
1181 views

Costa Rica issues invitation to Commission on Human Rights following murder of Bribrí leader

AFP and The Tico Times - March 23, 2019

Costa Rica on Friday invited the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to visit indigenous territories in the country’s southern…