Dear friends and colleagues of Pretoma:
Pretoma hereby wishes to express its sincere thanks to each one of you, whom at one time or another, for over a year, supported the campaign “Shark Fin Imports…Is Shark Finning.”
With the signing of the decree “Ban on Shark Finning, importation and transportation, and transfer and possession of fins on board any vessel inside territorial waters”, last October 10 by President Laura Chinchilla, Costa Rica gave a major step against shark fining on the region.
More than 10000 Costa Rican citizens as well as citizens from many other countries, including Taiwan (more than 2000), Germany, USA, UK, and Mexico, among others, signed a petition addressed to President Chinchilla in support of our campaign.
We still have some reserves regarding the shark fin importation ban, but we will refer to this in detail after the decree is officially published in the Daily Gazette, and while we’re at it we’ll direct your attention towards the new activities that must be undertaken to influence shark conservation policy in the region. For right now, let´s celebrate this victory.
Besides the Ministry of Environment and President Laura Chinchilla, Pretoma would like to extend a special thanks to all the people and entities who were directly involved or who exerted their influence for this Decree to become a reality. We would like to include a list with the names of each and every one of you who somehow showed your support, but of course, it´s impossible.
Deputies of the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica:
Ma. Eugenia Venegas (PAC)
Rodolfo Sotomayor (PUSC)
Victor Emilio Granados (PASE)
Luis Fishman (PUSC)
Jorge Gamboa Corrales (PAC)
Manrique Oviedo (PAC)
Carmen Granados (PAC)
José María Villalta (FA)
Exdeputy Oscar Lopez (PASE)
José María Figures Olsen (Presidential candidate)
Sir Richard Branson
The Electric Creatures
Student Federations and Associations
Federación de Estudiantes Universidad de Costa Rica, (Feucr)
Federación de Estudiantes Universidad Nacional Costa Rica (Feuna)
Federación de Estudiantes Instituto Tecnológico (Feitec)
Asociación de Estudiantas de Biología de la UCR
Asociación de estudiantes de Biología de la UNA