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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 […]

Denmark: Kosher Slaughter Method Effectively Banned

(June 2, 2014) On February 17, 2014, new animal protection measures entered into force effectively banning kosher slaughter practices in Denmark. Unsedated slaughter has been illegal in Denmark for years, but there has been an exemption for religious slaughter, i.e. kosher and halal practices. That exemption has now been repealed, making kosher slaughter in principle […]

Kenya: Implementation of New Wildlife Law Expedited

(Apr. 24, 2014) In early April 2014, it was reported that a special unit of prosecutors, the Wildlife Crimes Prosecution Unit, recently formed to combat wildlife-related crimes in Kenya, has already had some promising results. The Unit, which consists of 35 prosecutors who have undergone special training, is said to have successfully prosecuted 26 cases […]

Iceland: Whale Meal Beer Ban Lifted

(Jan. 29, 2014) Iceland had temporarily banned the production and sale of beer made with whale bone meal. The West Iceland Public Health Authority had halted production, citing food production regulations; a complete, national prohibition was imposed on January 20, 2014. The companies that planned to make the beer, the brewery Steðji and the whaling company […]

European Union: European Citizens Demand Ban on Animal Experimentation

(Nov. 12, 2013) A European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) recently met the threshold of being signed by one million European Union citizens. The ECI is a request that the EU take action to discontinue the use of animals in scientific experimentation. (Third Successful Citizen’s Petition Calls for End to Animal Testing, EUR ACTIV (Oct. 31, 2013).) […]

Indonesia: Government Planning to Reduce Exports of Shark Fins

(Nov. 5, 2013) According to a November 4, 2013, news report, Indonesia’s government is considering a plan to impose quotas on shark fishing. The goal is to limit the quantity of shark fins exported without overly harming the livelihoods of fishermen. Agus Dermawan, the director for fish conservation in the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and […]