Animal Law Updates by Stacy McKerlie

Coalition Files Petition for Rulemaking to USDA

On September 1st, a coalition of several organizations including PETA, Mercy for Animals, and ALDF filed a legal petition calling for stricter regulations under the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act (HMSA) and the Federal Meat Inspection Act. The petition alleges the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been failing to properly enforce the HMSA. For example, the coalition alleges the FSIS has failed to suspend plants that engage in egregious illegality and cruelty to animals, and has failed to report intentional and extreme acts of cruelty to the proper authorities.

You can read the petition here:

McDonalds in Canada, United States Switch to Cage-Free Eggs

McDonalds has announced that it plans to no longer use eggs that are the result of confining egg-laying hens, and instead it will switch to cage-free eggs. The company has stated that within the next ten years, it will reach a 100% cage-free supply chain.

European Union Strengthens Ban on Seal Trade

On September 8th, the European Parliament voted to strengthen the current EU ban on seal hunt products. The changes seek to bring the EU ban into full compliance with the World Trade Organization (WTO), which upheld that exemptions to the ban (including the “Marine Resources Management” and “Indigenous Communities” exceptions) violate WTO principles. These changes are now awaiting approval by the EU Council of Ministers.

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