Fund for Animals v. Mainella, 283 F. Supp. 2d 418 (D. Mass. 2003)

Case Summary:

On behalf of The Fund for Animals, The Humane Society of the United States, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, we sued the National Park Service for its ongoing authorization of hunting of pheasants in the Cape Cod National Seashore. Plaintiffs argued that hunting in the Seashore was in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act because the Park Service had never conducted an adequate environmental analysis. In particular, plaintiffs argued that the Park Service's authorization of the annual importation, release, and sport-shooting of hundreds of farm-raised pheasants - which are not a native species to Cape Cod and have no ability to survive in the wild - violated both NEPA and the National Park Service's own internal Management Policies. A Massachusetts federal court agreed with plaintiffs that the National Park Servie must conduct a site specific envrionmental analysis of the program under NEPA..

Plaintiffs: The Fund for Animals, The Humane Society of the United States, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and individuals.

Court: United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts