Costa Rica News – Let’s talk about your all time bright ideas. A Costa Rican tried to send five poisonous snakes through an air service courier to Venezuela.
Among reptiles, there were two yellow, known as tinsel, and three greenish veined with red and other colors. These snakes are poisonous.
Officials of the National System of Conservation Areas (Sinac), Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae) rescued the snakes on July 11th. After being rescued they were then stolen by an employee and prepared to send to a foreign buyer.
The discovery was made after a shipping company in Heredia examined a shipment that seemed suspicious after the fang of one of the snakes jabbed a finger of an employee.
This kind of snake is used in the Picado Institute to produce antivenom and, also, it is common to find them displayed for their beauty.
When they are traded internationally, they are worth about $ 100 each. Other species or varieties can be sold for between $ 500 and $ 1,000 when sold on the black market.
Ok but let’s really look into what the internal problem is for Costa Rica displayed by this act. Where are the controls that should be implemented by the National System of Conservation Areas (Sinac) and Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae) when it comes to protecting these animals?
Is this a problem of having enough enforcement officials to watch over this or is it just that these groups do not really care to do their jobs?
The enforcement of environmental protection laws seems to be a thing of the past in Costa Rica. Turtle eggs are being harvested each day on the shores of Costa Rica’s coasts and people are being killed for trying to protect them. Shark fins are being harvested by murdering these fish in the coastal waters of Costa Rica.
Costa Rica’s tourism image is based on having a “green”, environmentally friendly country. The smoke and mirrors that ICT is trying to put up to promote this are slowly being swept away and the truth is coming out.
Act now CR government or it will be too late to recover.