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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 […]

South Africa; Sri Lanka: Cooperation Agreements in Tourism, Zoo Management

(Mar. 2, 2015) Sri Lanka and South Africa concluded two cooperation agreements on February 24, 2015. The agreements are: 1) Draft Declaration of Intent between the National Department of Tourism of the Republic of South Africa and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Tourism and Sports on Cooperation in the Field of Sustainable Tourism Development for […]

India: No Import of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

(Oct. 17, 2014) Under new rules that will enter into effect in India in November 2014, “[n]o cosmetic that has been tested on animals … shall be imported into the country.” (Madhur Singh, India Bans Import of Cosmetics Tested on Animals, BNA DAILY REPORT FOR EXECUTIVES, Bloomberg BNA online subscription database.) The rules, called the […]

France: Animals Granted New Legal Status

(Apr. 25, 2014) The French National Assembly recently adopted a legislative amendment changing the status of animals in the Civil Code. Since the inception of the Civil Code in 1804, the legal status of animals was that of mere objects. (Code civil [Civil Code], art. 528 [as worded from Jan. 25, 1804, to Jan. 7, […]

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).) […]