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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 That exemption has now been repealed, making kosher slaughter in principle […]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 […]

England and Wales: Owners of Dogs That Kill Could Face Life Imprisonment

(Aug. 8, 2013) In the face of an increase in the number of dog bites that cause serious injuries or fatalities in England and Wales, the British government is currently proposing the introduction of new legal provisions to stiffen the penalties against owners whose dogs cause such injuries and to extend the scope of the […]

Thailand: Promise to End Unregulated Ivory Trade

(Mar. 7, 2013) Speaking to the members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Thailand’s Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, announced that trade in ivory would be stopped in the country, although no time for an end to the trade was given. The parties to the Convention are meeting in Bangkok from March […]

Trinidad and Tobago: Dangerous Dogs Act Finally to Come into Force

(Apr. 24, 2012) The Ministry of the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) stated in a press release on April 16, 2012, that the Dangerous Dogs Act would come into force on August 1, 2012, by presidential proclamation, and that regulations to implement the Act will soon be prepared. The Act was passed by […]

Israel: Humane Treatment of Cats

(Dec. 6, 2011) On November 28, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Humane Treatment of Animals (Protection of Animals) Law, 5754-1994. The amendment prohibits the cutting or amputating of cats' knuckles, tendons, or the live part of claws (hereinafter the procedure) in the absence of a medical need for treatment of […]