Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Another Company tells Costa Rica to F-Off

"HEY! Costa Rica, quit showing off and BITE'em already."

Costa Rica doesn't have an appearance problem, as a matter of fact, to the outside world they're June and Ward Cleaver, but they do have a BACKBONE problem. Read that as, they don't have ONE. But like I alluded to, you wouldn't necessarily know that unless you lived here.The story below is the reason I am often skeptical about the application, implementation and enforcement of ANY laws on the books in Costa Rica (the new driving laws INCLUDED).

This is the SHIT that pisses me off, did you read about this?
Agropecuaria Caletas S.A., has continued the destruction of wetlands within the Caletas Ario National Wildlife Refuge, created in 2006 to protect the olive ridley and leatherback sea turtles that nest there, in disregard of the mandates of the Environmental Tribune of the Ministry of Environment.

Last April, responding to a lawsuit filed by Pretoma against Agropecuaria Caletas S.A. for draining the wetlands of the Caletas Ario Wildlife Refuge, the Environmental Tribune ordered the farming company to halt all of its activities in and around this sensitive wetland. Last June, the Environmental Tribune ordered the company to pay $21,200 for damages caused therein (ResoluciĆ³n N° 390-09-TAA). The resolution came after officials observed how the company is, by design, draining, burning and thereby sucking the biological diversity out of a 150 hectare wetland that boarders Playa Caletas on the southern Nicoya Peninsula.

Video taken by Pretoma this past weekend shows how the court order and subsequent fines have done nothing to stop the company’s relentless efforts to drain and till under the wetland. “As a Costa Rican, it is quite upsetting to see Agropecuaria Caletas S.A.’s total disrespect of our Courts”, said Randall Arauz, President of Pretoma. “The foreign owner of Agropecuaria Caletas S.A. has not only ignored the fine, but he is openly challenging the Environmental Tribune’s authority, by continuing the destruction of the wetland without any apparent fear of legal reprisals”. (rest of the story HERE on Pretoma’s website).

If you ask me, it takes BALLS to basically tell the courts to “FUCK-off”, and the only reason I can think for doing so is because Agropecuaria Caletas doesn't believe there will be any REAL repercussions for their egregious acts.

So there it is, this FUCK ALL company, Agropecuaria Caletas, has said, “FUCK YOU!

Now what?

Maybe a couple million in FINES, maybe they should be made to re-plant to the areas original landscape. How about the Costa Rican COURTS make an EXAMPLE of these fucks?

The ball is IN the Ministry of Environment’s COURT, and obviously Agropecuaria Caletas doesn’t believe they’ll hit it back. "Hey Ministry, how about an overhead SMASH?"

"Can you go for the JUGULAR in tennis?"

Costa Rica's laws need to develop some teeth, because I want to see some 'Agropecuaria Caletas' BLOOD. (no dogs were hurt by uploading this picture).

Please Costa Rica court system; prove me wrong when I say your BARK is often worse than your bite. Hell, the president of Agropecuaria Caletas is a foreigner, who better to make an example of….hehe.

We'll see what happens, or DOESN'T, soon enough.

As usual, it’s the folks at Pretoma doing all the grunt WORK in order to protect the sea-turtles and sharks. They’ve been at this stuff for quite awhile now and if it wasn’t for them… well, I’d hate to see Costa Rica without them. They do GREAT work and if you’re financially able, they’re a great organization to donate too. Check out the above Pretoma link and see for yourself all the GOOD work they do.

A few other articles about Costa Rica Perception and the TRUTH:

Costa Rica- it's just SAD- WASTE WATER and where it goes.
Costa Rica to Sea Turtles, "PISS OFF!"- De-certification of Costa Rica as a turtle friendly country.
Costa Rica- SLOW DOWN Overbuilding in Costa Rica.

It frustrates me this video doesn’t have more HITS, as it’s VERY educational concerning the plight of the sharks and sea turtles off the coast(s) of Costa Rica. It’s my interview with Pretoma’s president, Randall Arauz. And yeah, I’ve posted it numerous times, but in my mind, that could mean the DIFFERENCE. Please embed this VIDEO where appropriate to HELP get the word OUT. thanx.

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