Malaysia has failed to persuade the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that the USA has ignored the rulings of the WTO disputes settlement body with its ban on imports of shrimp caught while endangering marine turtles. The US had been told that its ban broke the WTO free trade rules that prevent restrictions being imposed on the basis of animal welfare concerns. Since then, the US has been trying to secure a multinational agreement on technology such as turtle excluder devices and has been promoting their use.