Pending Federal Actions
House Bill Would Extend Three Year Depreciation Schedule for Race Horses
The Race Horse Recovery Act of 2019 (H.R. 4786) would reinstate a previous three-year depreciation schedule for the purchase of racehorses as permanent. The change would allow purchasers of race horses to spread out that costly purchase over several years for tax purposes.
Pending State Actions
Michigan Bill Would Limit Painful Experimentation on Dogs
Michigan House Bill 5090 proposes to make it unlawful for any public institution in Michigan to conduct experimentation on dogs if the dogs are expected to cause pain or distress, as measured by what a human is likely to feel in a similar context or fits within federal guidelines regulating painful research in animals.
Pending Municipal Actions
D.C. Council Bill Would Ban Hospitals from Serving Meat
The Healthy Hospitals Amendment Act of 2019, proposed in the D.C. Council by Mary Cheh, proposes to eliminate processed meats and require availability of plant-based meals to patients in hospitals.
Case Law Updates
Federal Case Law Updates
Tyson Settles Case Against USDA Food Safety Inspection Service
It is reported that Tyson Foods has settled a lawsuit it brought against the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service earlier this year, alleging that a federal meat inspector lied about inspecting pigs at a Tyson plant, leading to over $2 million in losses and expenses to the company.
Harvard, NEAVS, and ALDF File Suit Against USDA Over Primate Housing Conditions
The new Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy Clinic, the New-England Anti-Vivisection Society, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund have filed suit against the United States Department of Agriculture, claiming that the agency has failed to respond to a petition requesting that the agency put into place appropriate psychological well-being standards for nonhuman primates as required by the Animal Welfare Act.
NMFS and NOAA Set Final Agenda for MMPA Gray Whale Take ALJ Hearing
The National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have announced the final agenda for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge set to take place on November 14. The hearing will address whether the Makah Indian Tribe should be granted a waiver of the Marine Mammal Protection Act moratorium on marine mammal takings to authorize a tribal hunt of gray whales.
FWS Updates Proposed Rule to Regulate Fisher Population Under ESA
The Fish and Wildlife Service announced some changes to its previously proposed rule to list the West Coast Distinct Population Segment of fisher as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The agency is now accepting comments on the proposed rule until December 9, 2019.
FSIS Announces China Now Eligible to Export Poultry
The Food Safety Inspection Service has announced that the People’s Republic of China is now eligible to export poultry products made from birds slaughtered in the country to the United States. The rule covers domesticated birds and is effective as of December 9, 2019.
FWS Announces Listing of Spotted Owl Under ESA Not Warranted
The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that after a 12-month finding on petitions to list the California spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act, such action is not warranted.
Study Profiles and Compares Meat Substitutes with Meat Products
A new article, Plant-Based Meat Substitutes in the Flexitarian Age: An Audit of Products on Supermarket Shelves, analyses the availability and nutritional value of plant-based substitutes for meats in Australia.
Researchers Aim to Develop Model of Meat Consumption Behavior of Consumers in Britain
Researchers have published an article outlining their work to create an accurate model to predict the meat consumption behaviors of British consumers by taking into account variables such as age, gender, income, and concerns about issues such as animal welfare and health.
Climate Scientists Warn of Meat Consumption as Top Risk
Global climate scientists have published an article calling for action on what they call the “climate emergency.” The article lists global meat consumption as a “profoundly troubling sign” of the impending crisis.
Study Finds Zoo Conservation Materials Have No Effect on Conservation Knowledge
A new study published in the Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research has found that the conservation-aimed educational placards and other signposts that zoo exhibits may include increases the amount of time people stay at an exhibit, but do little or nothing to increase actual knowledge of conservation issues.
Center for Food Safety Urges FDA to Issue Recall Notice for Uncooked Impossible Burgers
The Center for Food Safety sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration arguing that the retail sale of Impossible “beef” in grocery stores is unlawful because its previous objections to FDA’s approval of Impossible Foods’ color additive petition should have stayed the approval’s effective date. The organization asked the agency to issue a recall notice for the food.