DC Circ. Nixes Judgment Barring Import Of Elephant Carcasses

Law360, New York (October 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit on Friday vacated a lower court’s decision that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service properly denied requests from hunters for permits to import corpses of African elephants shot in Zambia into the U.S., saying an administrative appeal of the denial was pending at the time.

A three-judge appeals panel rejected the Fish and Wildlife Service's argument that the ruling should stand and said the parties’ failure to advise the district court that the hunters had not exhausted their administrative remedies was “inexcusable” and...
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