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PETA v. USDA, 16-2029

Affirming the district court's grant of judgment on the pleadings in a case where PETA challenged the license renewal process for animal exhibitors promulgated by the USDA, which allowed the renewal of licenses despite licensee's noncompliance with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), because the AWA does not directly address license renewal but does expressly authorize the USDA to promulgate and implement its own renewal standards.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2017/06/28




  • United States Fourth Circuit


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