Costa Rica banned sport hunting in a unanimous vote in Congress on Friday, making the country the first in the Americas to outlaw the practice. The new law punishes violators with up to four months in prison or $3,000 in fines. "We're not just hoping to save the animals but we're hoping to save the country's economy, because if we destroy the wildlife there, tourists are not going to come anymore," said activist Diego Marin. Costa Rica is one of the world's most biodiverse countries, with a quarter of its land protected as national parks or reserves. Pre-ban, the nation was a popular destination for hunters who hoped to bag exotic cats.
Via The Guardian