[ View the story "No cages in Costa Rica" on Storify] No cages in Costa Rica Government to end cage displays, release zoo animals into the wild.
The Stream· Mon, Aug 05 2013 11:29:50
Costa Rica is Closing it's #ZOOs:bit.ly/Costa-Rica-ann… pic.twitter.com/bxrbjaYegCPahl RS
Many netizens expressed hope that their countries would take similar measures.
Tweet translation: Costa Rica 10 x Brazil 0. We still have animals in circuses and zoos, a disgrace and an abominable cruelty. Image translation: Why does a country that talks about protecting nature have painted leopards and monkeys behind bars? We're sending a message to the world. We want to be in agreement with the vision of our country which protects nature. - Ana Lorena Guevara, Vice Minister of Evironment and Energy of Costa Rica.
Costa Rica 10 X Brasil 0. Ainda temos animais em circos e Zoos, uma vergonha além de uma crueldade abominável. pic.twitter.com/be3ADxUjWSmarli moraes
Costa Rica, home to
4 per cent
of the entire world's biodiversity, has been
for it's environmental initiatives. Some netizens praised the government's decision on zoos as part of a broader preservation effort.
Environment Minister René Castro took to twitter to respond to those referring to the plan as a "closure" of the facilities and clarify the government's plans.
@KatAffleck is more converting them into natural parks and biotops, eliminating cages and de-jailing wild animals gadually and permanently.René Castro
The zoo operations of the two facilities are run by an American company called Fundazoo. In Fundazoo's near 20-year tenure as administrators, there have been
filed against the zoos for poor conditions. Fundazoo said it will fight the Environment Ministry's decision, citing a contract to administer the zoos through 2024.
the zoos provide Costa Ricans and tourists valuable access to the country's biodiversity.
“Where are they taking these animals? Why do they want this to stop being a zoo? Where are people going to see Costa Rica’s biodiversity if they close down the country’s most easily accessible public zoo?”ticotimes.net
for the safety and health of the animals that will be released under the government's plan.
"We're worried about where the ministry is thinking of moving the animals since the Simon Bolivar and the Conservation Center are the only ones that have a veterinarian specialized in forest species and an animal nutritionist,"theverge.com
Some netizens echoed the concerns of Fundazoo about the safety of the released animals.
@AJStream @mmbilal THAT is Awesomely CRAZY!!! What happens to the animals? Why am I even asking.That means DEATH PENALTY FOR ALL THE ANIMALSYemi Johnson Ademowo
Want a wild animal? Costa Rica is having a firesale of sorts bit.ly/16U0F7D via @AJStream @mmbilal #GottaCatchEmAllNuwan
Others saw the move as potentially beneficial for tourism and natural exploration.
Yay! #CostaRica to abolish its zoos. #Animals held in captivity is no longer a form of #tourism - bring on authentic #nature exploration! :)Pura Vida! eh? Inc.
@AJStream @mmbilal thumbs up! They could schedule visits to natural forests instead of keeping them captive! This may encourage tourism tooAmer Alfaleh
What do you think of Costa Rica's decision to shutter its zoos and release captive animals?