Animal Suits

November 17, 2011

  • 149E Environmental Law
  • 149EXIII Judicial Review or Intervention
  • 149Ek649 Persons Entitled to Sue or Seek Review; Standing
  • 149Ek656 k. Other Particular Parties.

149E Environmental LawCetacean community, consisting of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, lacked standing to sue government, claiming that Navy’s proposed deployment of low frequency active sonar (LFAS) violated Endangered Species Act (ESA); statute only authorized persons to sue and animals were meant to be protected rather than protectors under statute.
Cetacean Cmty. v. Bush, 386 F.3d 1169 (9th Cir. 2004)