Plaintiff Seeks Records On Well Known Country Singer’s Killing of Cubby The Black Bear

On Friday we filed for summary judgment on behalf of Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), which is challenging the Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) refusal to release records concerning a well-known country singer’s use of a bow and arrow to kill a captive bear – named “Cubby” – in a fenced enclosure.  Among other records, SHARK has requested the video the singer made of the killing, which was doctored to make it appear as though he was engaged in a fair chase hunt of a wild bear.  Although in killing and disposing of Cubby the singer and his co-defendant violated several federal laws, they received lenient sentences, and SHARK seeks the video and other records to better understand how the government is enforcing laws designed to protect animals.

Summary Judgment Brief