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Animal Welfare Inst. v. Richardson

Citation: 7 ELR 20073
No. Nos. 76-0483, -0484, (D.D.C., 12/23/1976)

The court denies standing to environmental groups challenging the issuance of a permit under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to import 13,000 seal skins. The Fouke Company was granted the permit by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Plaintiffs challenged the permit application on the grounds that it would allow taking of immature seals and taking seals in an inhumane manner, which the MMPA prohibits. Although plaintiffs come within the zone of inerests protected by the MMPA, they do not allege sufficient harm to meet the Sierra Club v. Morton, 2 ELR 20192, injury-in-fact test. Their interest in a safe, healthful environment for the Cape fur seal is speculative at best. Plaintiffs are no different from any other concerned citizen. The cases are dismissed.

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Leonard C. Meeker
Center for Law and Social Policy
1751 N St., NW
Washington DC 20036
(202) 872-0670

Counsel for Defendant
Peter R. Taft, Asst. Attorney General
Margaret N. Strand
Department of Justice
Washington DC 20530
(202) 739-2750