Federal Government Files Appeal in USARK v. Jewell

Python
A southern African python (Python natalensis)
Image Credit: Bernard Dupont

The Federal Government filed an appeal last Friday to the injunction granted in the case of USARK v. Jewell. This injunction was granted on 16 May to the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) against the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to designate eight nonnative snake species as injurious under the Lacey Act. Under this act, the sale and transport of injurious species across state lines is illegal without first obtaining a federal permit. TWS along with other groups signed onto a brief as Amici Curiae, or “friends of the court” in support of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to designate these species on 22 April.

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