ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND v. THOMAS J. VILSACK, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, KEVIN SHEA, and ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE
The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging unreasonable delay in responding to the advocacy group’s 2016 petition requesting the agency to develop procedures for animal relocation pending Animal Welfare Act license termination or revocation proceedings. The group argues that federal law requires the USDA to develop such procedures to prevent animals from being housed in conditions that do not comply with the federal Animal Welfare Act while the agency is pursuing revocation or termination of an exhibitor’s license. The case is pending in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
[To accompany Federal Case Law Update "Advocacy Organization Sues the USDA Over Lack of Animal Relocation Procedures" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 121.]