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Major breakthrough in China on bear farms

“In what’s being described as a major victory against abusive animal practices in China, a government-owned company that has bred bears for traditional medicines has agreed to convert itself into a sanctuary. Animal welfare advocates hope the agreement, signed on Tuesday at a news conference in Beijing, will prompt the government to phase out other…

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WTO upholds EUs ban on seal products

The World Trade Organization has upheld Europe’s ban on imported seal products, ruling that it is justified on “public moral concerns” for animal welfare. This landmark decision will set a precedent which supports the rights of nations to ban the seal product trade. Read more here. For a summary of the WTO panel’s key findings, click…