Costa Rica is set to become the first country on the American continent to ban recreational hunting. The bill was approved by the country’s legislature on Tuesday by a 41-5 vote. President Laura Chinchilla is expected to sign it into law this week. "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," an environmental activist who campaigned for the reform said. While hunters caught violating the ban can be fined up to $3,000, the law still allows for subsistence hunting, sport fishing, or the hunting of animals for scientific purposes. Costa Rica is home to a wide variety of rare species and generates some $2 billion in revenue from tourism.
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