Ranking of animal laws in the USA

The Animal legal defense fund, an organisation of animal welfare lawyers in the United States aiming to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system, made a ranking of the US animal welfare laws.

Here is the result: 


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Biggest Seizure of Live Scorpions in France

On 18 and 22 September, the customs of the French Airport of Roissy have seized 119 live scorpions. The "Pandinus dictator" were listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The scorpions were intended to be sold in the USA as exotic pets. 

More on http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/biggest-seizure-live-scorpions-france


McDonald’s announces plans to phase out cage-eggs in its restaurant in the USA and Canada within ten years.

VIER PFOTEN welcomes the decision but hopes for quicker phase-out


11. September 2015 – The international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS welcomes the announcement of fast-food giant McDonald’s to end its use of eggs from laying hens kept in cages in ten years time in its USA and Canada restaurants.

“This decision could help lead to a major shift, as more farms in the USA and Canada will start working with cage-free keeping, thus fulfill the growing expectations of consumers for animal friendlier products,” said Martina Stephany, Director of the Farm Animals and Nutrition Department at FOUR PAWS. “It would be ideal if McDonald’s is able to complete the full shift to cage-free eggs within less than ten years.”

McDonald’s made this commitment public towards animal friendlier production last Wednesday. Up to 90% of laying hens in both the USA and Canada are still kept in cage-systems.

In Europe, McDonald’s has been 95% cage-free as of 2012 and sources eggs from barn or free-range kept laying hens. A small percentage of ready-made products that McDonald’s procures could still contain cage-eggs.

Globally, more than 60% of eggs are sourced from cage-kept laying hens. Cage-systems are far from being species-appropriate for laying hens. Laying hens spend their entire lives on a wire mesh flooring and on a space so small that it does not exceed an A4-paper. 

“Information on the sourcing of the eggs that land on our plates and whether they come from cage or cage-free kept is not always available” says Martina Stephany. “FOUR PAWS demands mandatory labelling of fresh and processed eggs. Consumers can only then have the possibility to decide for animal friendlier products.”

In Europe, a mandatory labelling requirement is only enforced for fresh eggs. In the USA and Canada, mandatory labelling requirements are not in place.


Bay Harbor Islands (Florida, USA): A law for banning the sale of live animals

In Bay Harbor Islands, a new approved ordinance will prohinit the sale of any pet animals in the town. The goal of this ordinance, is to increase the adoption of dogs in the overcrowded petshops. There is currently no petshops selling animals in Bay Harbor Islands, and the ordinance wants to prevent the opening of some. Petshops will be allowed to sell only animals' accessories and food. This ordinance also aims to prevent any breeding defect or development of puppy mills.

More information on http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/13/3992717/bay-harbor-islands-gives-initial.html


USA (Georgia): A survey shows that public is unaware of animal welfare laws

In Georgia (US), a new bill has been introduced to propose harsher punishments in case of animal mistreatement. Following this bill, a survey has been taken by Landmark Communications, Inc., and was conducted on Jan. 23 with 750 random eligible voters. The goal of the survey was to know if the new bill will be accepted or not by the public. The result showed little opposition to the bill proposing harsher punishments. But it also revealed that the public is unaware of the national animal welfare legislation.

More information on http://www.redandblack.com/