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SANTO DOMINGO. - The Environment Ministry (Semarena) today banned the hunting in the entire national territory and suspended all previously issued permits and licenses of all activities that lead to the capture, death, or harassment of wild fauna, and the harvest of eggs, nests and derivatives.

Environment minister Jaime David Fernandez Mirabal said Semarena resolution 11-2009 replaces resolution 15-07

The official made the announcement when he presented Semarena’s calendar for 2009, called “The country that we want,” which contains 73 zones that comprise Dominican Republic’s protected areas.

Fernandez Mirabal said the calendar is an example of the country’s wealth in biodiversity, and seeks to emphasize the importance of protecting the natural resources and the prevention of forest fires.

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35 comment(s)
Written by: ZonaDominicana, 4 Mar 2009 2:08 PM
From: United States, Orange County, California
That's good news. In the DR even the regular neighbor harass domestics animals like dogs and cats and treat them very badly. The kids learn the same way. Last time I went to the DR, I saw a cat crossing the street, but when a boy saw the cat; he started riding his bicycle faster trying to hit the cat with his bicycle.
Written by: ArsenioALembertJr, 4 Mar 2009 2:15 PM
From: Spain, Ibiza, Minorca, Mallorca
All hunting of fauna is banned. Is this a trend with the hypocritical bans......?
Written by: brootto, 4 Mar 2009 2:16 PM
From: United States, South West Florida
any ban is good in dr so it is good news.
Written by: josean, 4 Mar 2009 2:18 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
St. James I support your decision!

However I maintain it is still open season on PLDistas, politically speaking of course!

Written by: jacirez This user is banned, 4 Mar 2009 2:18 PM
From: Iran, Zähedän
Hear, Hear...
I am so proud of my Country!!!!
Written by: snoopyy3k, 4 Mar 2009 2:42 PM
From: United States
GREAT news ii is sad to see species that are endangered like the Manati and the Sea Tortoise being hunted even after the fact that people are aware that they should leave these animals alone. Hopefully this law will deter and enforce harsh penalties for those that do not abide by the law. Josean when is there open season on you? I believe that your species is not on that list. So people take aim and fire!!!!
Written by: gouletcolonial2 This user is banned, 4 Mar 2009 2:45 PM
From: Canada, Toronto ,Cabbagetown,Parliament and Gerrard
josean the species that deserves to be endangered also the funky chicken
Written by: gouletcolonial2 This user is banned, 4 Mar 2009 2:47 PM
From: Canada, Toronto ,Cabbagetown,Parliament and Gerrard
jacirez how about clubbing a few baby seals for me up there in Poutinville on the arctic circle
Written by: jacirez This user is banned, 4 Mar 2009 2:55 PM
From: Iran, Zähedän
gouletcolonial2,

The seal hunt is up in the North East...Northern Ontario (where you are right now!)...
We only deal with oil in Northern Alberta...We deal in cash, not blood...
Written by: gouletcolonial2 This user is banned, 4 Mar 2009 3:10 PM
From: Canada, Toronto ,Cabbagetown,Parliament and Gerrard
I have been thinking of returning to Canada and asking for my old job back at the asbestos mine but on second thought I think I will stay in the sunshine and punish my liver with cheap rum and limes
Written by: anthonyC, 4 Mar 2009 5:25 PM
From: United States
What do Harassing dogs and cats and the killing of protected species have to do with hunting?

It was already against the law to kill or harass seas tortose or Manatees.
Those who killed the manatee were not hunters they were POACHERS!!!!

All this does is harass true sportsman, hurt the tourism industry and a prelude to the confiscation of all firearms
Written by: PuntaCanaMike, 4 Mar 2009 5:28 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Unfortunately this will amount to nothing....as is the case with literally all bans put in place by this country.

Goulet...they let you out of detention early????? LOL
Written by: josean, 4 Mar 2009 5:48 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
Mike,

You mean Lie-onel Fernandez is going to mandate helmets for the Manatees like he did for the motorcycle riders?
Written by: ateo1992 This user is banned, 4 Mar 2009 7:31 PM
From: Dominican Republic
my country the best! we rock, consider us a 2nd world country if not f*** off lol!!!
Written by: dreadlocks, 4 Mar 2009 8:17 PM
From: United States
anthonyc, right on time with the lunatic comments. how in God's name does a ban on wanton killing of animals affect the tourist industry? hey, if people buy a ticket to the DR just to come and kill something, maybe he should not be coming here, anyway. it is not as though he is planning to do any rustic cooking, anyway , transforming his prey into a five star gourmet meal in his penthouse suite. besides, how do tourists get their hands on hunting rifles, and other accoutrements of destruction?
Written by: old_school_trinitario, 4 Mar 2009 9:58 PM
From: Dominican Republic, San Carlos, barrio de matatanes, aqui no invente
SE SALVARON TODOS ESOS ANIMALES PRDistas.

josean you should be thankful
Written by: letroudeballeGeneroso This user is banned, 4 Mar 2009 10:00 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Excellent! A good start! Now we must enforce it and get results!
Written by: josean, 4 Mar 2009 11:39 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
The Lie-onelitas are out in full force!
Written by: FragranteDelicto, 5 Mar 2009 2:24 PM
From: United States
save the bales!!!
Written by: old_school_trinitario, 5 Mar 2009 3:33 PM
From: Dominican Republic, San Carlos, barrio de matatanes, aqui no invente

josean don't worry the ban includes the protection of your favorite animal

Hippo-mejiaus ladronasus.



Written by: gouletcolonial2 This user is banned, 5 Mar 2009 5:48 PM
From: Canada, Toronto ,Cabbagetown,Parliament and Gerrard
Hippo-mejiaus ladronasus......excellent
Written by: danny00, 5 Mar 2009 6:38 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 114 santo DOMINGO
SOME ONE SAID this law hurts the TRUE SPORTSMAN!... REALLY!..
hey in puerto plata area JUST TRY and find some wild birds..... go head and look they are few and far, one day i saw a young guy about 16y or 17y old with a gun shooting at small birds and killing them i ask him why is he doing this his answer was i JUST LIKE TO KILL. THEM.
SAW ONE FOOL on the MALCOME with a wild SEA BIRD got caught with this hands he had the bird around the neck showing all his friends this GREAT CATCH he had made.{guees you know what happen to this bird?}..... TRUE SPORTSMAN REALLY THEY ARE...ANY WAY I JUST THINK WITH WILD LIFE ON THE ISLAND ITS REALLY GOOD FOR THE TOURISTS BUSINESS AND MAYBE FOR THE YOUNG DOMINCAN CHILDREN TO SEE BEAUTIFULL BRDS, AND WILD LIFE.
Written by: danny00, 5 Mar 2009 6:41 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 114 santo DOMINGO
tourists dont come to the domincan republic to hunt animals they come to hunt the women...
Written by: danny00, 5 Mar 2009 6:43 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 114 santo DOMINGO
if you had baby seals in the dr how long would they live? give me a break please
Written by: danny00, 5 Mar 2009 6:44 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 114 santo DOMINGO
i went hunting in the dr are many times...... looking for elec.
never did i find any,also looking for a honest person!....
Written by: dreadlocks, 5 Mar 2009 6:53 PM
From: United States
well, danny, i am glad to see that someone else besides myself is dismayed by the conduct you refer to. i used to play dominoes with a group of men , near to a rather large tree. ever so often, gorgeous birds would light on the branches, looking for prey. that would bring the game to a summary halt, as grown men would scurry here and there, looking for rocks to throw at the lovely creature. should the bird be unaware of the peril around him, he would eventually be struck, and oftentimes killed .the individual who effected his death was praised for his wonderful aim, and the backslapping lasted a good two minutes. then they would hurl the carcass into the bushes, unceremoniously. what in heck is that all about, i ask you?
Written by: maximilian, 6 Mar 2009 12:33 AM
From: Dominican Republic
We still hunt Colombians!!!!!!!
Written by: chillaxin201 This user is banned, 6 Mar 2009 12:36 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Boycott Dominican Tourism
Gen. Mario Montoya needs no help!
Written by: josean, 6 Mar 2009 10:06 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
Written by: old_school_trinitario, 5 Mar 2009 3:33 PM
From: Dominican Republic, From a yanikeke stand near you

josean don't worry the ban includes the protection of your favorite animal

Hippo-mejiaus ladronasus.

How about your pet; Lie-onelus Embusterasos Fidelitas!
Written by: snoopyy3k, 6 Mar 2009 3:11 PM
From: United States
Josean = Hippo-mejiaus ladronasus

Public beatings and stoning are a must for this species of beast to be wiped out.
Written by: gouletcolonial2 This user is banned, 6 Mar 2009 3:37 PM
From: Canada, Toronto ,Cabbagetown,Parliament and Gerrard
to be included with the funky chicken.....aka PRD functionaries
Written by: josean, 6 Mar 2009 4:12 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
Written by: snoopyy3k, 6 Mar 2009 3:11 PM
From: United States
Josean = Hippo-mejiaus ladronasus

Public beatings and stoning are a must for this species of beast to be wiped out.


Now that's really lame, when you have to plagiarize someone else’s attempt at humor!
Written by: gouletcolonial2 This user is banned, 6 Mar 2009 6:44 PM
From: Canada, Toronto ,Cabbagetown,Parliament and Gerrard
Hippo-mejiaus ladronasus....almost extinct................no attempt it is very funny
Written by: nickygm2, 29 Nov 2011 6:04 PM
From: United States
Nice to see some people with hearts here

I married a dominican woman and I am now disabled and plan to move there after the firstof the year
They have no STPCTA there the way they treat horses is sickening it was all i could do to keep from pulling a man way from his skinny sick animal that he was beating with a whip and use it on him instead.

I no longer hunt though i have nothing against it as a good way to maintain population and create money and jobs to preserve speices

I just like to fish and hope to do as much as I can once i arrive.

My wife is from Bonao west to santo domingo about two hours there are no bugs there I worry how they got rid of the bugs

Last visit her siter got a cat from the country and a chicken the cat was poisoned almost immediately the chicken got loose and ended up in someone else's pot

Animals has no good treatment there and it is a sad reflexion on the population in my estimate .

The people I have let were all friendly though nee
Written by: nickygm2, 29 Nov 2011 6:08 PM
From: United States
as stated before even the little children there are mean to animals it isn't right
I'm no bleeding heart I have been to war and killed men so don't imagine me hugging a tree
But all things in life should have some thought given to them and their esistence

No birds no bugs no lizards someone has been poisioning the area is all I can say the way we used to do with broadcasting DDT here in the early years

It has to stop and people have to strat respecting this world we try to exist on

we all need to do our part.
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