Costa Rica’s Congress recently approved new reforms that were made to its Wildelife Conservation Law. The reforms could ban hunting in the small Latin American country, which could have profound affects in the region as other nations may consider similar bans or some restrictions.
Although Costa Rica is a small nation, a little smaller than New Jersey, it is one of the most “megadiverse countries” in the world. Due to the fact that it is one of the most megadiverse nations in the world, the nation’s government has decided to take a strong stand against hunting because eventually it will affect a major aspect of the country’s economy: tourism.
Tourism accounts for a major portion of the nation’s revenue, and many people visit the nation for its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and eco-friendly resorts.
The ban would protect some of the most sought-after animals in the nation: jaguars (pictured above), pumas, white-headed capuchin, mantled howler monkey, sloths, sea turtles, Tayra, and more.
The hunting ban would not affect indigenous groups whom hunt for survival, which is an issue already recognized by the United Nations.
With hundreds of thousands of visitors every year visiting the nation’s parks, the numbers should remain strong and most likely continue to grow should the ban go into effect. The nation is a strong supporter of environmentalism due to its positive effects on the nation’s economy. This could also cause other nations to follow suit, especially nations that are seeking to get a share of the eco-tourism dollars.