Court Awards Default Ruling in Indiana Penning Case

Court Awards Default Ruling in Indiana Penning Case - Photo by Matt Knoth

Earlier this month, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), and Project Coyote obtained a default ruling in our lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for waiving state permit requirements for controversial penning facilities like WCI Foxhound Training Preserve (WCI). The judge signed, without changes, our proposed judgment, which included a declaration that WCI’s possession of coyotes without a permit is unlawful. While the verdict is an important victory over WCI, the DNR has not yet indicated whether it will enforce permitting laws against the illegal penning operation. If the DNR refuses to do so, AWI and the other plaintiff organizations will seek a court order requiring enforcement of the law. For more information on the case, go to

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