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New Permanent Ocean Speed Limit Protects Whales

Due to a petition filed by animal-welfare groups, a once tentative large vessel speed limit is now a permanent law.

The Obama administration has instituted lower speed limits on seafaring vessels that are 65 feet or longer in select ocean territories as a way to aid the recovery of endangered whale species populations. The speed limit was first reduced five years ago as a tentative measure, but was made a permanent law days before its December 9, 2013 expiration date. According to the Humane Society of the United States, the federal government cites large ship collisions and commercial fishing gear entanglements as the greatest detriments to the ocean mammals’ struggle to regain their numbers, but since the speed-reduction law was imposed in 2008, there have been zero deaths reported within a 40-mile radius of the speed limit zone.

Court Protects Whales in Navy Sonar Ruling

Animal and environmental groups‘ successful lawsuit represents a big win for marine mammals.
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Five Fashion Brands Ban Down Feathers

A group of large clothing brands, including UK-based Topshop, pledges to remove feathers from future collections.
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Number One Egg Brand in America to Go Cage-Free

Eggland’s Best has plans to ensure none of its 15 million hens are cruelly confined by inhumane wire cages.
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Animals on the Ballot in Four States This Election

Farm animal and wildlife protection measures come before voters in Massachusetts, Montana, Oregon, and Oklahoma.
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Rhode Island Becomes First State to Ban Bullhooks

New law ensures elephants will no longer be tortured with cruel tool.
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