PLF files comment on regulation of privately-owned animals under the ESA

March 26, 2014 | By JONATHAN WOOD

This week, PLF filed a comment on a USFWS proposal to remove an exemption for captive orcas from regulation under the ESA. You may recall that this began with a PETA petition to list Lolita, an orca who entertains at Miami’s Seaquarium. The Service decided that the petition demonstrated that Lolita should be regulated under the … ...


Can Fido be regulated under the Endangered Species Act?

January 27, 2014 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Last week, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced its intention to grant a petition to regulate Lolita — an orca whale that has lived at Miami’s Seaquarium for more than 40 years — under the Endangered Species Act. As PLF’s Liberty Blog previously reported, PETA petitioned to have Lolita regulated under the act with ...


President's weekly report — November 26, 2012

November 26, 2012 | By ROB RIVETT

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday.  We all have much to be thankful for.  Without further ado, here are the highlights of last week’s case developments. Property Rights — Koontz in the United States Supreme Court We filed our opening brief in Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management District in the United States ̷ ...


Batten down the outhouse! Here comes a flood of regulation.


Author: Brian T. Hodges Why are the feds trying to convince Washington’s cities and counties to adopt new development regulations that could limit a landowner’s right to have an outhouse, trailer, or even mow his lawn?  It’s because 6 years ago, in National Wildlife Federation v. FEMA, 345 F. Supp. 2d 1151 (W. Dist. Wa ...