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March 22, 2016

New U.S. Dolphin Safe Tuna Labeling Rule Praised

HSI welcomes interim final rule addressing WTO dispute while maintaining and enhancing dolphin protections

Humane Society International

    The proposed rule would elevate dolphin protections while also insulating the Dolphin Safe label from further challenge. Karen Massier/istock

The following is a statement from Kitty Block, senior vice president of Humane Society International, responding to a new rule proposed by the United States that would address Mexico’s challenge to the U.S. Dolphin Safe label, which is designed to protect dolphins in the eastern tropical Pacific ocean where Mexican vessels fish for tuna. The proposed rule would elevate dolphin protections while also insulating the Dolphin Safe label from further challenge:

“Over the years, hundreds of thousands of dolphins have died in the eastern tropical Pacific ocean as a result of fishing vessels intentionally chasing and encircling them to catch the tuna swimming beneath. The well-known and trusted Dolphin Safe label has been caught in a dispute before the World Trade Organization for the last eight years. We are pleased to see this new rule address the challenges brought by Mexico’s fishing industry while at the same time expanding dolphin protections worldwide. We commend the United States Trade Representative Office on its continued commitment to dolphin protection and are impressed with their doggedness in defending the Dolphin Safe label through numerous challenges from Mexico.” 

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Media contact:

Raul Arce-Contreras, rcontreras@humanesociety.org +1 301.721.6440

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