Animal Groups Lose Bid To Free Miami Seaquarium's Orca

Law360, New York (March 25, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge tossed a case brought by animal rights groups claiming the U.S. Department of Agriculture was unlawfully renewing licenses at the Miami Seaquarium, ruling Tuesday that the agency had not abused its discretion.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Orca Network, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Inc. and other individual plaintiffs had challenged the USDA’s decision to renew the license of the Miami Seaquarium — an intervenor in the case — under the Animal Welfare Act, alleging that the marine park has housed an orca whale...
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