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Presidential Memorandum: Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Presidency

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/20/presidential-memorandum-creating-federal-strategy-promote-health-honey-b

Sets up a Pollinator Health Task Force to develop a research action plan to focus federal efforts on understanding, preventing, and recovering from pollinator losses and improve pollinator habitats.  From the White House

 

Elephant Conservation, Illegal Killing, and Ivory Trade

Categories: Africa,Animals/Wildlife,Crime/Justice,Headlines,United Nations

http://www.cites.org/sites/default/files/eng/com/sc/65/E-SC65-42-01.pdf

Warns that poaching rates for African elephants continue to far exceed the natural elephant population growth rates, resulting in a further decline in the elephant population.  Identifies African poverty, weak governance, and the demand for ivory in consuming states as the major reasons for the illegal killing.  From the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

 

Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan…)

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Arctic/Antarctic,Australia,Environment,Headlines,Japan,Treaties,United Nations

http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/148/18136.pdf

 

Decision of the International Court of Justice that Japanese whaling activities in the Antarctic is a commercial whaling venture that is a violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.  Japan claims it is a scientific research program.  From the International Court of Justice

 

FDA Update on Animal Pharmaceutical Industry Response to Guidance #213

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Animals/Wildlife,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/AntimicrobialResistance/JudiciousUseofAntimicrobials/ucm390738.htm

Announces that 25 of 26 pharmaceutical companies have agreed to cooperate with voluntary federal restrictions on the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals.  Citing threats to human health and antibiotic effectiveness, the government asked 26 companies to voluntarily stop labeling such drugs as acceptable for animal growth promotion.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

The Lacey Act: Protecting the Environment by Restricting Trade

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://nationalaglawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads//assets/crs/R42067.pdf

Explains how the Lacey Act began as a 1900 measure to prevent hunters from crossing state lines to avoid prosecution for violation of hunting laws and evolved over the years to prohibit import, export, transport, purchase or sale of species when that action would violate domestic or foreign law.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Library

 

National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking

Categories: Africa,Animals/Wildlife,Crime/Justice,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/nationalstrategywildlifetrafficking.pdf

Describes guiding principles and strategic priorities behind U.S. efforts to stem illegal trade in wildlife, especially elephants and rhinoceroses.  From the White House

 

Fact Sheet: National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking and Commercial Ban on Trade in Elephant Ivory

Categories: Africa,Animals/Wildlife,Crime/Justice,Foreign Trade/Investment

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/11/fact-sheet-national-strategy-combating-wildlife-trafficking-commercial-b

Describes details of the three part strategy for combating trade in wildlife and the actions that the U.S. will take to stop trade in elephant ivory to help the survival of the endangered species.  From the White House

 

FDA Implements Plan to Ensure Judicious Use of Antibiotics in Food Animals

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm378193.htm

News release which describes voluntary plan to persuade animal pharmaceutical firms to restrict product labeling of antibiotics for therapeutic uses only.  The intent is to end use of antibiotics to promote animal growth and bring such drugs under veterinary oversight.  Includes links to text of guidance documents.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

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