20August2015

This Week in Animal Law by Stacy McKerlie

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Federal Government Proposes New Rule to Protect Whales, Dolphins

After several environmental organizations filed suit against the federal government for non-enforcement of the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act’s ban on unregulated seafood imports, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced on August 10th that it would propose a new rule to protect whales and dolphins. The rule would require foreign fisheries to comply with U.S. conservation standards in order to import seafood to the U.S.  You can find a copy of the proposed rule here: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/fisheries/pdfs/Proposed_Rule_8_10_15.pdf. Read the rest of this entry »

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13August2015

This Week in Animal Law by Stacy McKerlie

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Ag-Gag Law Unconstitutional

On August 3rd, Idaho Code § 18-7042 (commonly referred to as an “ag-gag” law) was struck down as unconstitutional in the United District Court for the District of Idaho. The Court ruled that the act was a violation of the First Amendment because it suppressed speech that criticizes factory farms, as well as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection clause because the act was motivated by animus towards animal advocates. Seven other states still have similar “ag-gag” laws that criminalize performing undercover investigations. A copy of the Court’s decision can be found here: http://aldf.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/8-3-2015-ALDF-decision-ag-gag.pdf. Read the rest of this entry »

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7August2015

Idaho Ag-Gag Litigation – Struck Down

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5August2015

This Week in Animal Law by Stacy McKerlie

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Hunter Kills and Decapitates “Cecil the Lion”

On July 1st, Walter Palmer, an American big-game hunter, killed a 13-year-old lion (“Cecil”) that was living in a park in Zimbabwe. After Palmer killed the lion, he removed its head and left the body in the park to later be discovered by park investigators. The kill has sparked enormous media attention, highlighting the negativity of big-game and exotic animal hunting. On July 31st, Zimbabwe officials stated they would be taking action to extradite Palmer from the United States to Zimbabwe, where they would charge him for his actions. Read the rest of this entry »

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29July2015

This Week in Animal Law by Stacy McKerlie

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Obama Announces Trade Ban on Ivory

On July 25th, President Obama announced proposed ivory regulations in response to the widespread trafficking and illegal trade of elephant ivory. The proposed action will include revising the African elephant rule under Section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act, and incorporating parts of the African Elephant Conservation Act (AfECA) into the Section 4(d) rule. This will impose certain restrictions on the export and import of elephant ivory. You can find a copy of the proposed regulation here: http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/african-elephant-4d-proposed-rule-copy.pdf. Read the rest of this entry »

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21July2015

This Week in Animal Law By Stacy McKerlie

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U.S. Senate Committee Votes to Prohibit Horse Slaughter

On July 16th, The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved the anti-horse slaughter amendment, which would prevent the United States of Agriculture from using taxpayer money to inspect horse slaughter facilities. The Committee also approved a provision to improve animal welfare policy, and requires the USDA’s research to adhere to the Animal Welfare Act.

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16July2015

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Wild Animals in Circuses Now Illegal in Mexico

On July 8th, a law went into effect that bans circuses in Mexico from using exotic animals, including tigers, elephants, and lions. The law was passed in an effort to stop animal cruelty, and those violating the law could be fined around $225,000. Mexico is the 29th country to pass a nationwide ban on using animals in circus performances.

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13July2015

WSBA-CLE Seminar

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Animal Law Summit: Regional Issues, National Perspective

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