November 01, 2008

Genetically engineered animals and their products, most notably food products, are closer to reaching the market now that the Food and Drug Administration has released draft guidance on their regulation.

Equine

The Bureau of Land Management has been charged with protecting, managing, and controlling wild horses and burros under the authority of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 to ensure healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands. To maintain population numbers, the agency places a few thousand rounded-up horses in holding facilities or adopts them out every year.

Public Health

Louisiana turtle farmers and lawmakers are trying to end a federal ban on domestic pet turtle hatchling sales. "After 30 years of research and development, we have developed a pet baby turtle that we feel would be safe and very appropriate for the homes of children and adults," said Keith Boudreaux, owner of Tangi Turtle Farm in Ponchatoula, La.