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Members of the World Trade Organization are violating Article 6 of the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures by failing to adapt their sanitary and phytosanitary measures to regional conditions. Instead, they continue to impose broad, trade-restrictive measures that are based on national borders instead of on a regional basis. This Comment seeks to clarify the obligations under Article 6 and to illuminate current violations. It applies the legal analysis from the July 2015 WTO decision, United States – Measures Affecting the Importation of Animals, Meat and other Animal Products from Argentina, to current measures. Through that analysis, this Comment unveils some of the egregious violations of Article 6 that barricade sustainable development in developing and least developing countries today.