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August 4, 2017

HSI applauds new wildlife conservation law in Costa Rica

New law includes regulations to protect wild animals and support for wildlife rescue centers

Humane Society International/Latin America

  • A monkey at the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. HSI

Humane Society International/Latin America applauds the signing of the Wildlife Conservation Act into law in Costa Rica. The new law allows Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy and its conservation agency, SINAC, to help establish important regulations to protect wildlife from trafficking and supports wildlife rehabilitation programs. HSI/LA played an active role in drafting the Wildlife Conservation Act as part of the National Wildlife Commission.

The new law includes necessary instruments to support the work of wildlife rescue centers, facilitate collaboration in the fight against illegal trafficking as well as implementing regulations for wild animals and plants. The law also establishes the National Wildlife Commission as an advisory body to Costa Rica’s environment and conservation agencies. Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís celebrated the law’s signing in Caño Negro during an event that also marked the inauguration of the new facilities of the Natural Wildlife Refuge of Caño Negro.

Andrea Borel, executive director of HSI/LA, who attended the ceremony, said: "This law is not only an undisputed victory for wildlife, but also ratifies Costa Rica's commitment to animal welfare. We will continue working together with MINAE, SINAC and other government institutions involved to achieve and implement the law, and ensure more humane treatment of wildlife throughout the country.”

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Although the new statutes go a long way in ensuring animal protection under the law, HSI/LA also hopes it encourages Costa Ricans to show sensitivity, empathy and respect for wildlife, in alignment with the country’s respect for all forms of life.

HSI/LA congratulates President Solís and Minister of Environment and Energy, Édgar Gutiérrez for signing the new regulation. The organization also praises the members of the National Commission of Wildlife for their work writing of the regulation.


•    HSI/LA and SINAC signed a cooperation agreement this year to promote initiatives on the protection and conservation of wildlife in Costa Rica.
•    The illegal wildlife trade is one of the largest criminal trades in the world and is linked to violence, drugs and human trafficking. Wildlife trafficking threatens the survival of many species and results in the inhumane treatment of billions of animals each year worldwide.

Media contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras: + 1-301-721-6440; rcontreras@humanesociety.org

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