Friends of Animals v. Zinke, et al
In the 2014 Appropriations Law, Congress directed the FWS to reissue a 2005 permit exemption rule regarding the hunting of three antelope species on ranches in the United States. After the FWS reissued the rule, Friends of Animals (FoA) filed suit to challenge the constitutionality of Congress’s action and the rule. SCI joined as a defendant-intervenor. The district court denied FoA’s summary judgment motion, and the D.C. Circuit, on appeal, upheld the dismissal. On September 1, 2016, FoA asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case. SCI filed the only opposition to this request. The Supreme Court denied FoA’s request and this case is closed, with a favorable outcome.
SCI v. Jewell et al.
SCI challenged the FWS’s classification of U.S. captive populations as endangered. Status: Court upheld the legality of the listing. SCI appealed the ruling to the D.C. circuit court. Appeal has been stayed on SCI’s request, pending the final outcome of the appeal of the constitutional challenge. Because the congressional provision reinstating the 2005 rule is safe from legal challenge, SCI dismissed its case.
FOA v. Ashe et al.
FoA challenged the permit process for culling members of captive herds of the three antelope. SCI is a defendant-intervenor in the case. Status: Briefing was stayed, also pending the final outcome of the appeal in the constitutional challenge (see Friends of Animals v. Jewell et al., above). Due to the ruling in the constitutional case, FoA has dismissed its appeal.