Animal Writes
16 April 2000 Issue
Good News for the Dolphin

by [email protected]

One year ago, Secretary of Commerce William Daley made a decision that would have increased dolphin deaths and gutted the meaning of the Dolphin-Safe Tuna label. In order to appease the WTO and complaints by Mexico and other countries that the U.S. dolphin safe label interfered with free trade, Daley announced that the label could be used on tuna caught by encircling nets which injure and kill dolphin. This policy was to go into effect this April 11, but on that same day U.S. Federal District Court Judge Thelton Henderson ruled that it would not.

In ruling in favor of a suit brought by the Humane Society of the United States, Earth Island Institute, environmental activist David Brower, and other organizations, Judge Henderson stated that "...the Secretary acted contrary to the law and abused his discretion when he triggered a change in the dolphin safe label standard."

This federal court decision is good news for the dolphin and those who seek their protection, but let us not forget about the plight of the tuna. Blue fin tuna and other species are being driven to the point of extinction by the fishing fleets of the world.

For the animals, for the environment, for yourself, Go Vegan.

More information about this court ruling can be found at...

Humane Society of the United States | Today's News | HSUS Applauds Decision Preserving "Dolphin Safe" Tuna Label 

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