In Defense of Animals v. Norton, Civ. No. 02-2068 (D.D.C. 2002)

Case Summary:

On behalf of In Defense of Animals, The Elephant Sanctuary, other animal welfare organizations, and concerned citizens we sued the Fish and Wildlife Service for permitting the Six Flags/Marine World of California to import two endangered adolescent Asian elephants from India. The lawsuit challenged the FWS's precedential decision to issue an import permit to an amusement park without adequate public involvement and without complying with the requirements of the Endangered Species Act, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, and the National Environmental Policy Act. In response to our lawsuit, Marine World surrendered its permit, which the government then rescinded.

Plaintiffs: In Defense of Animals, Animal Protection Institute, The Elephant Alliance, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Elephant Sanctuary, and individuals.

Court: The United States District Court for the District of Columbia