SCI Continues Battle Against Elephant Import Ban

elephant021314SCI’s Litigation staff continues to actively pursue all avenues of litigation to lift the importation bans of sport-hunted elephants from Tanzania and Zimbabwe. On Friday June 13th, SCI’s attorneys filed its second brief opposing the federal government’s motion to dismiss the case. On Tuesday June 17th, SCI filed a motion to compel the federal government to produce all the documents that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service used to make its decision to ban the importation of sport-hunted elephants from Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Also on Tuesday June 17th, SCI’s Litigation staff filed a notice of appeal with the Court. SCI is appealing the district court’s decision to deny SCI’s motion for a preliminary injunction. SCI previously asked the district court for a preliminary injunction to lift the bans while the case is being litigated. The district court denied that request, so SCI has appealed that decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. SCI will also ask the appellate court to expedite their consideration of that appeal.

This litigation is, without question, an uphill battle. The Federal government is filing every possible motion and attack against SCI’s suit to try to prevent the Court from ever getting a chance to actually consider the real issues of the case – the illegalities of the importation ban. SCI is fighting to get the 2014 bans lifted, to prevent similar bans from being imposed for 2015 and to deprive the federal government of the ability to use these illegal tactics to ban the importation of other species in the future. Be on the lookout for more updates in future issues of Crosshairs and on this blog.

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