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China: Multiple Areas of Criminal Law Changing under New Amendment

(Feb. 26, 2021) On December 26, 2020, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) adopted the 48-article Amendment XI to the PRC Criminal Law. Taking effect on March 1, 2021, the new amendment makes changes to multiple areas under the Criminal Law, including public safety, food and drug […]

European Union: European Court of Justice Upholds Flemish Requirement to Stun Animals Before Slaughter

(Dec. 31, 2020) On December 17, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that a decree requiring that animals undergo a reversible (temporary) stunning procedure before slaughter is not an illegal infringement of freedom of religion as guaranteed by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. At issue was a […]

Jordan: New Executive Regulations on Preventive Measures to Combat COVID-19 Issued

(Nov. 12, 2020) On October 10, 2020, the Kingdom of Jordan entered a nationwide 48-hour lockdown for the first time in months due to a new spike in COVID-19 cases. In response to the new spike in cases, three Jordanian executive bodies—the Ministry of Interior (homeland security), the Ministry of Health, and the Office of […]

UAE: Dubai Introduces New Rules for Food Establishments to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

(Oct. 9, 2020) On September 24, 2020, the Municipality of Dubai, one of the nine emirates of the United Arab Emirates, issued Circular No. 45 of 2020 regulating the operation of food establishments, including restaurants, food courts, and cafes. The purpose of the new regulation, The National reported, is to combat the spread of COVID-19 while supporting […]

France: French Government Announces Ban on Wild Animal Performances and Mink Farming

(Oct. 7, 2020) On September 29, 2020, the French government announced several measures intended to improve the welfare of wild animals in captivity. According to a speech delivered that day by Minister of Environmental Transition Barbara Pompili, the farming of mink for their fur will be banned by 2025. No new mink farms will be […]

England: Equine Microchip Law to Enter into Force

(Aug. 7, 2020) On October 1, 2020, regulations requiring all equines in England to be microchipped will enter into force in the country. The new regulations, the Equine Identification (England) Regulations 2018, revoke the Horse Passport (England) 2009 Regulations and introduce the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/262 into the national law of England. The regulations […]

Japan: Alcohol Regulation Tentatively Eased for Disinfectant Production due to COVID-19 Pandemic

(June 15, 2020) Between the middle of March and the beginning of May 2020, government agencies in Japan instituted regulations to ease restrictions on the production, storage, sale, and use of alcohol to make more disinfectants available for medical institutions and general consumers because of the COVID-19 health emergency. Background In January 2020, Japan began […]

Pakistan: Federal Government Introduces Ordinance to Ban Food Hoarding by Traders Capitalizing on COVID-19 Pandemic

(Apr. 28, 2020) On April 17, 2020, the Pakistani media reported that a new ordinance had been promulgated by the president of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, to discourage hoarding of essential commodities by traders aiming to create artificial shortages and raise prices. On April 19, the minister for law and justice, Farogh Naseem, stated during […]