Bird Enthusiasts Appeal Lower Court Parakeet Ruling to the Eleventh Circuit

The Organization of Professional Aviculturists (OPA) and the Lineolated Parakeet Society (LPS) appealed a lower court ruling that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service had properly denied OPA and LPS’s petitions for rulemaking to allow the import of captive-bred individuals from two parakeet species from certain European countries. Plaintiff-appellants are seeking a ruling that FWS “must list species by country of origin from which they can be imported and . . . consider petitions filed under [the Wild Exotic Bird Conservation Act] that request species be added to the approved import list from specific countries of origin” rather than refusing petitions on the basis that the considerations may only be performed globally.