The Obama Administration's Animal Protection Record, 2010-2011

What has the Obama Administration Done For, and Against, Animals?

  • January, 2010: Obama Administration Accelerates Wild Horse Round-Ups Under the Obama Administration, 12,000 horses will be captured in FY 2010.

  • March, 2010: Obama Administration Supports International Protection for Tuna and Polar Bears Although the delegates at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora refused to support protections for bluefin tuna and for polar bears, at least the Obama administration supported them.

  • March, 2010: Obama Announces Plan to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling The plan threatens polar bears, walrus, bowhead whales, right whales and other marine life.

  • June, 2010: Obama Supports Whaling Obama backed a proposal for the International Whaling Commission to lift its ban on commercial whaling. Luckily, the proposal stalled.

  • December, 2010: Obama Weak on Endangered Species The Obama administration has been dragging its feet when it comes to protecting new species under the Endangered Species Act, and just can't seem to do right by polar bears.

  • December, 2010: Crush Videos Banned in the U.S. On December 9, Obama signed into law a new bill that bans "crush" videos, after the Supreme Court struck down an earlier law banning depictions of animal cruelty because it was overly broad.

  • December, 2010: Obama Signs Truth in Fur Labeling Act On December 18, Obama signed the Truth in Fur Labeling Act into law, requiring all products containing real fur to be labeled as such. Previously, the fur labeling law contained a loophole that exempted products if the value of the fur was under $150, leaving consumers in the dark about the real fur in their gloves, hats and fur-trimmed coats.

  • September, 2011: Obama Fails to Sanction Iceland for Whaling Obama decided not to impose trade sanctions against Iceland, even after U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued a statement against Icelandic whaling and recommended trade sanctions against the island nation.

  • November, 2011: Obama and Congress Legalize Horse Slaughter As part of an appropriations bill passed by both houses of Congress and President Obama, the funding of horse slaughterhouse inspections will begin again. When an approved slaughterhouse opens up, horses will once again be slaughtered for human consumption in the U.S.

  • November, 2011: Obama Pardons Turkey; Makes Light of Dark Side On November 23, 2011, Obama "pardoned" a turkey as part of the annual White House tradition, before delivering two dead turkeys to a local food bank.

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Lin, Doris. "The Obama Administration's Animal Protection Record, 2010-2011." ThoughtCo, Oct. 9, 2021, Lin, Doris. (2021, October 9). The Obama Administration's Animal Protection Record, 2010-2011. Retrieved from Lin, Doris. "The Obama Administration's Animal Protection Record, 2010-2011." ThoughtCo. (accessed June 7, 2023).