ALDF/AWI case reinstated
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2007:
SAN FRANCISCO–The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on
November 22, 2006 reinstated a lawsuit seeking to compel the USDA to
adopt guidelines governing primate care in zoos and laboratories.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animal Welfare Institute,
and three individuals filed the case in 2003, after the USDA refused
to implement regulations which would have required non-human primates
to be housed in social groups, and be given toys to provide mental
The lawsuit alleges that the USDA violated the intent of
Congress in passing 1985 amendments to the federal Animal Welfare Act
that recognized the social nature and intelligence of dogs and
nonhuman primates. The case was dismissed by a federal district
court, but the Court of Appeals sent it back for further review.