Current Cases

In November 2014, the Animal Welfare Institute and its co-plaintiffs brought claims against Mendocino County, California, for violating the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The lawsuit alleged that Mendocino County failed to conduct legally required environmental review of its $142,356 taxpayer-funded contract with the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program.

Protection of California Wildlife - Photo from Flickr/CA Dept of Fish and Game
 

The Animal Welfare Institute and its co-plaintiffs brought claims against the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for allowing trappers in Maine to seriously injure and kill Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis), a federally protected endangered cat. In November 2014, the USFWS issued an incidental take permit to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, enabling Maine’s trapping programs to cause incidental harm to the Canada lynx, which is protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Protection of Canada Lynx - Photo from Flickr/Keith Williams
 

In May 2016, the Animal Welfare Institute and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice of intent to sue the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program over the government’s failure to ensure that endangered ocelots (Leopardus pardalis) are not incidentally killed or harmed by the program in Arizona and Texas.

Protection of Ocelots - Photo from Flickr/Giorgio Quattrone
 

In September 2012, the Animal Welfare Institute and its co-plaintiffs brought suit against the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission over the Commission's decision to allow spotlight hunting of coyotes at night throughout North Carolina, including in the area inhabited by the only wild population of red wolves, one of the world's most endangered animals. The lawsuit alleged that the commission violated the North Carolina Administrative Procedure Act when it adopted a temporary rule to allow coyote hunting at night with artificial lights on public and private lands throughout the state, placing an endangered species in harm's way....

Protection of Red Wolves - Photo by William Doran