Environmental groups decry WTO ruling on ‘dolphin safe’ tuna

dolphin_in_netAn international trade body’s ruling that US ban on Mexican yellow-fin tuna imports over a lack of ‘dolphin safe’ labels is illegal has been decried by environmental groups, Foodandwaterwatch.orgreported.

The ruling from the appellate body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will allow the continuation of fishing practices that allow dolphins to wind up entangled in nets in countries such as Mexico, the groups fear.

The WTO’s ruling comes in the wake of a nearly 25-year battle over the ‘dolphin safe’ label. The appeal ruling is final, and could lead to Mexico making a claim for retaliation against US exports if it believes the United States has not brought its rules into line with the WTO ruling.

Full story: food & water watch

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