WTO Rules Against ‘Dolphin Safe’ Tuna Labels
(Erik Wasson – The Hill)
The World Trade Organization’s appeals court on Tuesday ruled against U.S. “dolphin safe” tuna labels, in a move that will likely enrage U.S. environmental activists.
The ruling could be one of the most controversial in years. The tuna/dolphin case in the early 1990s sparked protests against the WTO’s predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
The WTO has found that the labels, added to cut back on the killing of dolphins ensnared in fishing nets, are a technical barrier to trade and discriminate against Mexico, which brought the case against the United States. Read more here.
Date: May 16, 2012