Monday, January 14, 2008
Court: feral pig slaughter can't be stopped because pigs have already been slaughtered
How Appealing posts on a decision from the Ninth Circuit involving feral pigs on Santa Cruz Island. The Appellants, which included In Defense of Animals, sued defendants including the National Park Service and Nature Conservancy in an attempt to modify a plan to eradicate feral pigs from environmentally sensitive lands. During the pendency of the case however, NPS went ahead with the eradication and killed all the pigs on the island. The appellate court ruled that elimination of all the pigs rendered the case moot.