Animal Law Updates by Stacy McKerlie

Complaints Consolidated Against SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

Former customers of SeaWorld, represented by law firm Hagens Berman, have filed a consolidated class-action lawsuit against SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. The complaint alleges that SeaWorld misrepresented itself to its customers about the treatment of its orcas, violating laws such as the California Unfair Competition Law and the False Advertising Law. Consumers who have purchased tickets or memberships from SeaWorld over the last four years may be able to join the suit. More information about the lawsuit can be found here:

Coahuila Bans Bullfighting

Coahuila became the third state in Mexico to ban bullfighting on August 21st. Other Mexican states that have also passed the ban include Sonora and Guerrero.

 Alaska Allows Hunting of Alexander Archipelago Wolves

The State of Alaska announced on August 21st that it would allow the hunting of the Alexander Archipelago wolf (a subspecies of gray wolf) to continue. In June of this year, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported that there were low levels of wolves (around 89 wolves). The state is allowing nine wolves to be hunted.

Airlines Continue to Ban Wildlife Trophy Shipping

To date, 42 airlines have banned wildlife trophy shipping after the highly publicized death of Cecil the lion. United Parcel Service (UPS) and FedEx have yet to adopt such a ban.

Massachusetts Ballot May Improve Conditions of Farm Animal Confinement

In Massachusetts, a new 2016 ballot initiative to improve the conditions of farm animal confinement was announced by Citizens for Farm Animal Protection this month. The proposal would seek to prohibit inhumane cages and crates, and ensure that animals are able to stand up, lie down, turn around, and extend their limbs. Ten states have already passed similar laws.

California Assembly Passes Bill to Ban Use of Bullhooks

Last week, the California Assembly passed a bill banning the use of bullhooks on elephants in circuses and traveling shows. The bill will now be brought to Governor Jerry Brown for his approval.

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