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HSUS/HSI OPPOSES GATT

 WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) may free trade, but it makes animal protection laws captive to the whims of a small trade panel, The Humane Society of the United States/Humane Society International (HSUS/HSI) said at a news conference here today.
 "We're not opposed to free trade, but there is something wrong with the system when a panel of trade experts can tell the United States that we can't maintain high conservation or animal protection standards under GATT," said Patricia Forkan, HSUS executive vice president.
 Forkan said that dolphins who are offered protection under the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) were almost stripped of that protection when a GATT panel in 1991 ruled that the MMPA violated Mexico's free trade privileges under GATT.
 "Free trade is important, but it cannot trample the protection the American people have come to expect the U.S. to provide for animals," Forkan said.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Forkan can be reached for comment throughout the day by calling the number below./
 /CONTACT: Helen Mitternight of The Humane Society of the United States, 301-258-3070/


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