Pending Federal Actions
Act Would Limit Animal Testing for Cosmetics
The latest version of the Humane Cosmetics Act, introduced in November in the House by Democrat Don Beyer and in the Senate by Republican Martha McSally, has been referred to the relevant committees (Committee on Energy and Commerce in the House and Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions in the Senate). The bill proposes to ban conducting or contracting for cosmetic animal testing in the United States and selling or transporting cosmetics developed or manufactured using such conduct or contract.
Case Law Updates
Federal Case Law Updates
Preliminary Injunction Issued Against Iowa’s Second Ag-Gag Law
A federal judge in Iowa has issued a preliminary injunction against the state that prevents the enforcement of its latest ag gag law. The court also denied the Iowa’s request to dismiss the suit and stated that the animal protection plaintiffs (including the Animal Legal Defense Fund, PETA, and the Center for Food Safety) are likely to ultimately prevail in their case.
Ex Bumble Bee Tuna CEO Found Guilty of Price Fixing
Chris Lischewski, the former CEO of tuna company Bumble Bee Foods, was found guilty of price fixing and conspiring with Starkist and Chicken of the Sea to fix prices.
Dairy Producers Pay $220 Million Settlement in Price Fixing Suit
CBD Plans to Sue Minnesota Over Endangered Lynx Trapping
The Center for Biological Diversity has filed the required 60 day notice to bring an Endangered Species Act lawsuit against the state of Minnesota for failing to comply with a 2008 court order that was meant to prevent incidental trapping of endangered Canada lynx.
Pork Producers Sue to Stop California Proposition 12
NMFS Declines to Designate Critical Habitat for Giant Manta Ray
The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced that it has determined it will not designate critical habitat for the conservation of the giant manta ray. It reached this decision based on the finding that there are not any “identifiable physical or biological features” under U.S. jurisdiction that are key to the conservation of the species.
EPA Reauthorizes Use of Cyanide Bombs by Wildlife Services
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a revised interim decision regarding the use of cyanide bombs to kill wildlife. The authorization will allow Wildlife Services to use sodium cyanide in M-44 devices. This decision follows a retraction of the EPA’s prior authorization for the use of such devices in August.