The World Trade Organization upheld the European Union’s ban on the import of seal pelts, oil, and meat on moral grounds. Canada and Norway had challenged the ban. The EU banned seal products in 2010, saying seal hunting, which can involve clubbing seals on the head, causes unavoidable pain and distress.
“Effective today (Friday), the animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients is outlawed throughout India. This is a huge victory for animals in laboratories,” said Alokparna Sengupta, Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free India campaign manager.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Monday announced he would veto controversial legislation that would have made it harder to expose animal abuse. “Our office has spent a great deal of time considering this legislation,” he said in a statement. “We’ve had a lot of input from people on all sides of the issue. After careful consideration, I am going to veto the legislation. Some vetoes are made solely on policy grounds. Other vetoes may be the result of wanting the General Assembly to reconsider the legislation for a number of reasons. My veto here is more along the lines of the latter. I have a number of concerns.”
After weeks of opposition from animal welfare advocates, labor groups and First Amendment experts, a California assembly member withdrew a bill that would limit undercover abuse investigations before it could advance past its first step.
Animal advocates in Mississippi won a major victory as the one remaining animal shelter in the state agreed to tear down their gas chamber used for euthanizing homeless pets. The decision was also a win for the Humane Society of the United States because it proved they can create change in states even when legislators vote down new laws.
Manta rays and five special shark species will be banned from international trade thanks to the votes of delegates to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Sharks have been heavily targeted for their fins and mantas for their gill rakers, despite their proven value to ocean ecosystem health and to global eco-tourism.
After five years of delay, the federal government today finally proposed to protect more than 739 miles of critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles on their nesting beaches along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. These sea turtles face serious threats to their long-term survival from drowning in fishing nets, loss of nesting beaches due to coastal development and sea-level rise. The proposal spans from North Carolina to Mississippi and encompasses 84 percent of all known nesting areas.
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