Animal Rights

Will new laws improve treatment?


Abused or endangered animals are under increasing pressure worldwide due to consumer demand, illegal poaching, climate change and political leaders’ inability to agree on how to protect them. International outrage has erupted over the mistreatment of captive whales in American theme parks, tigers allegedly being trafficked by monks in Thailand and the sport-killing by an American hunter of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe. The United States formed a partnership with Vietnam in May to combat wildlife trafficking, and a corporate alliance has pledged to eliminate illegal animal products from the supply chain. Meanwhile, to improve conditions for animals held in captivity, U.S. law enforcement agencies, animal-rights activists and policymakers are reclassifying animal cruelty as a felony and are examining the introduction of no-kill shelters, new animal protection regulations for theme parks and the ethics of animal research.

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