Kentucky (US): ban on cock fightings and dog fightings

Recently, the Senate Minority Leader McConnell passed a bill to made of cockfightings and dogfightings a federal crime, punishable by up to a year in prison and $100,000 fine. The bill also provides that bringing a minor to such fights is a federal felony, punishable by up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The bill has raised massive protests in the US from breeders and farmers who where winning a lot of monney out of this fights.

More information on http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/cockfighting-constitutional-right

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Ohio: ban of sale, ownership and breeding of exotic animals

Since 1 January 2014, the US State Ohio has a new law banning for private owners the acquisition, sale and breeding of exotic animals listed by the law. This list includes lions, tigers, bears, elephants, certain monkeys, rhinos, alligators, crocodiles, anacondas and pythons longer than 12 feet, certain vipers and all venomous snakes.

More information on http://www.starbeacon.com/nationalnews/x1186897595/Ohio-ready-to-enforce-new-exotic-animal-law

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Australia: Farmers want a law to sanction animal welfare activists

In Australia, farmers are asking for laws to sanction animal welfare activists. They complain that these so-called "activists" are coming illegally into the farms to show animal suffering and to rescue some animals. Farmers are asking for a similar law to the US one which set up harsh penalties on rogue activists, including jail sentences of up to 20 years.

More information on http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2013/10/11/585781_latest-news.html

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Bear baiting in the US and Pakistan

21 May 2012
E-005144/2012
Arlene McCarthy (S&D)

Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU recognises animals as sentient beings and has pledged to pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals.

In light of this, and following the insertion of similar clauses into the EU‑Korea and EU‑Ukraine Free Trade Agreements, will the Commission consider inserting animal welfare clauses into trade agreements with the United States and Pakistan, due to the practice of bear baiting in these countries?

10 July 2012
E-005144/2012
Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission

As regards the inclusion of animal welfare provision in bilateral trade agreements with third countries, the Commission has been working for years now to raise awareness and promote shared understanding on mutually agreed standards with the main EU trading partners and will continue in the future, as announced in the EU strategy for animal welfare (2012-2015). However, as regards bear fighting or other animals fights there are no EU standards nor international standards at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

At this stage, the Commission does not envisage engaging in FTA negotiations with Pakistan in the short term. As regards the United States, there is no Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations open at this stage. At the latest EUU/US Summit in November 2011, both sides agreed to look into ways and means to deepen further the trade and investment relationship with a view to maximising positive impact on jobs, growth and competitiveness, through the establishment of a High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth (interim report issued on 19 June 2012).

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