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Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan…)

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Water Quality, Sediment Characteristics, Aquatic Habitat, Geomorphology, and Mussel Population Status of the Clinch River, Virginia and Tennessee, 2009-2011

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

Describes the condition of the Clinch River and whether there are measurable differences in chemical, physical, or biological characteristics in a segment of the river where mussel populations are in decline.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


FSMA [Food Safety Modernization Act] Proposed Rule to Establish Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Laws/Regulations,Manufacturing

Proposed rule for public comment on regulations that would tighten manufacturing controls over food produced for animals in order to prevent outbreaks of foodborne illness in animals and humans.  From the Food and Drug Administration


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