Challenging the Treatment of Captive Animals at Olympic Game Farm
Animal Legal Defense Fund vs. Olympic Game Farm
The Animal Legal Defense Fund alleges Olympic Game Farm, a roadside zoo in Sequim, Washington, is breaking the Endangered Species Act and state anti-cruelty laws by not providing adequate care for the captive animals in its possession.
Court denied defendant's motion for reconsideration
Discovery deadline: January 6, 2020
In September 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund sent notice to Olympic Game Farm, a roadside zoo in Sequim, Washington, declaring its intent to sue the facility for keeping animals — including lions, gray wolves, and tigers — in substandard, cramped conditions in violation of the Endangered Species Act and state cruelty laws.
The letter to Olympic Game Farm offers to coordinate the transfer of all its animals to reputable sanctuaries at no cost to the zoo. But the Animal Legal Defense Fund will move forward with the lawsuit if the owners continue keeping the animals in illegal conditions.
Who is being sued, why, and under what law? The letter to Olympic Game Farm alleges violations of the federal Endangered Species Act, the Washington Endangered Species Act, and state animal cruelty laws.
Why this case is important: Roadside zoos across the country are able to operate while harming animals, including those protected by the Endangered Species Act, due to a patchwork of state and federal laws, that are administered by several agencies that lack the resources or political will to adequately enforce those laws. At the Animal Legal Defense Fund, we use all the legal tools at our disposal to ensure legal protections are applied to animals at roadside zoos.
Endangered animals including lions, tigers, and gray wolves suffer in squalid conditions at Special Memories Zoo.September 10, 2019 Press Release
The Edge of Extinction: Hundreds of Vulnerable Animal Species in Danger under Endangered Species Act RollbacksThe government announced distressing changes to the Endangered Species Act – weakening one of our nation’s most important animal protection laws. The ESA has prevented the extinction of numerous including the northern gray wolf and the Florida manatee.August 21, 2019 News
Today the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota issued a critical ruling in favor of wolves’ legal protection — determining that gray wolves are not excluded from the Endangered Species Act even if they have some detectable dog genes.June 14, 2019 News
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