Bill to ban sports hunting easily passes in legislature

The full legislature Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill that would ban sports hunting in the country. In addition to the subject matter, the bill is significant because it was presented by citizens who gathered 177,000 signatures. This was the first measure that originated with a public initiative that has passed.

Costa Rica is not a major sports hunting destination, and the bill still allows what is called subsistence hunting by those who do so for food.

The legislature voted 41 to 5. Monday there was supposed to be a vote but opponents walked out and reduced the number of lawmakers below what constituted a quorum.

Claudio Monge Pereira, a lawmaker, said that Costa Rica would become the first country in the world to prohibit hunting. He said the legislature was telling the world that hunting is a crime. A second vote on a non-consecutive day is required to send the measure to Casa Presidencial

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