Case Summary Citation

Safari Club International v. Jewell, ___ F. Supp. 3d ___, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 136235, 2016 WL 5719719 (D.D.C. September 30, 2016)


Safari Club International and the National Rifle Association brought this challenge to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s suspension of elephant trophy imports from 2014 forward. Both parties brought cross motions for summary judgment. In a recent memorandum opinion, the D.C. Federal District Court found that, although there was a minor procedural error on the part of the Service, an extended ban on Zimbabwean elephant trophies by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was in large part compliant with their mandate under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna and the Endangered Species Act. Therefore, the Service’s findings were found not to be arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act.

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