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United Nations: Ban on Trade in African Grey Parrots

(Oct. 4, 2016) The United Nations has effectively banned trade in the African grey parrot by placing it on a priority list of endangered species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. The decision came after a two-week meeting on the Convention in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Tanisha Heiberg, Global Trade in Wild African […]

Macau: Animal Protection Law Passed

(Aug. 12, 2016) On July 4, 2016, the Legislative Assembly of the Macau Special Administrative Region of China (Macau SAR) passed its first-ever Animal Protection Law. The Law was published in the Macau official gazette on July 25 and will take effect on September 1 of this year. (動物保護法/Lei de protecção dos animais, Law No. […]

China: New Wildlife Protection Law

(Aug. 5, 2016) On July 2, 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) revised the Wildlife Protection Law.  This is the first time the Law has been substantively revised since its promulgation in the 1980s.  The revised Law will take effect on January 1, 2017.  (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo […]

Australia: New South Wales Government Announces Greyhound Racing Ban

On July 7, 2016, the New South Wales premier, Mike Baird, announced that a state ban on greyhound racing would come into effect on July 1, 2017, making New South Wales (NSW) the first Australian state to ban the sport.  (Press Release, NSW Government, Greyhound Racing to Be Shut Down in NSW (July 7, 2016), […]

South Africa: Moratorium on Domestic Trade in Rhino Horn Temporarily Re-Instituted

On June 6, 2016, South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) effectively, if only temporarily, re-instituted a 2009 ban on domestic trade in rhino horn and products derived from it.   This was due to the DEA appealing to the Constitutional Court a prior Supreme Court of Appeal ruling affirming a 2015 decision of the High Court […]

New Zealand: Animal Welfare Legislation Recognizes Animals as Sentient, Bans Cosmetic Testing

(May 19, 2015) On May 5, 2015, the New Zealand Parliament unanimously passed the Animal Welfare Amendment Act (No. 2) 2015, which includes an amendment to the long title of the principal legislation, the Animal Welfare Act 1999, in order to specifically recognize animals as sentient. (Animal Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 2015, s 4, […]

Denmark: Animal Protection Act Strengthened by Ban on Bestiality

(May 7, 2015) On April 21, 2015, Denmark’s legislature approved a motion that bans bestiality; the goal of the action is to combat animal-sex tourism. The ban, which comes into force on July 1, was passed by a 91-75 vote, with five abstentions. It will impose a fine or imprisonment as punishment for anyone found […]

Sri Lanka: Amnesty for Illegal Holding of Elephants

(Feb. 5, 2015) Sri Lanka recently announced a two-week period of amnesty for those illegally keeping elephants, if they hand the animals over to the government voluntarily. The decision, designed to save the lives of the elephants in question, was announced by Wasantha Senanayake, the Deputy Minister of Tourism. The policy follows a crackdown involving […]

Laos: Enforcement of Fishing Rule to Be Strengthened

(Dec. 11, 2014) Authorities in Laos have become concerned about the open sale of fishing equipment designed to send electric shocks through the water as a method of harvesting fish. (Electrified Fishing Forces Lao Authorities to Act, GLOBAL POST (Dec. 4, 2014).) The use of this method of fishing is banned under the Law on […]

India: High Court of Himachal Pradesh Bans All Religious Forms of Animal Sacrifice in the State

(Oct. 6, 2014) On September 1, 2014, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh issued an order banning animal sacrifices for religious purposes and in places of religious worship. The ban was issued in response to a number of petitions made by animal rights activists about the practice of animal sacrifice in temples or at religious […]