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Lawsuit Update

Judge Moss has granted the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) joint motion to intervene in the USARK lawsuit. While the Court stated that a motion to intervene by HSUS alone may not have been sufficient, the CBD argument was ample to establish standing and allow intervention. This appears to be based upon one CBD member who submitted a declaration pleading that these snakes are "reducing the likelihood that [she] will be able to observe [native] animals in the future.”

Since the Court concluded that CBD has standing to intervene in this litigation, it also allowed HSUS to interfere. As explained by the Court of Appeals, when one proposed intervenor has established standing, the Court does not need to decide if other organizations seeking the same remedy have demonstrated standing (here allowing the right to intervene).

While this is not ideal, USARK will press on. This has not been ideal from the beginning. This does not change the fact that by granting the preliminary injunction, the Court has shown that USARK is likely to prevail on the merits of our case.

HSUS has once again slipped mistruths and sensationalism into the arena, but we will not falter. The intervention of CBD and HSUS does not alter the reality that these listings were overreach by FWS based upon junk science and pushed by animal rights groups.

USARK will move forward. We will continue to present facts. We will remain steadfast and resolute as we bring to light the details of these unjust actions.

View the court document at www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Docket-68-HSUS-CBD-Intervention-Granted.pdf.

31 Proposed ESA Listings

FWS has posted a notice of petition findings and initiation of status reviews for 31 species of native wildlife, mainly herps, for potential listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Comments are due by August 31, 2015.

You can find a list of species on pages 1 and 2 at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-01/pdf/2015-16001.pdf.

All information and links can be found at www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/07/01/2015-16001/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-90-day-findings-on-31-petitions#h-4.

Click here to view a recent USARK comment regarding a proposed ESA listing to help with any comments you would like to submit: www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Egyptian-tortoise-comment-USARK.pdf.

Donate to the USARK Legal Defense Fund

Information for making donations online and via check/money order can be found at www.usark.org/reptile-defense-fund-2/. You can make one-time, weekly, monthly or annual donations. You can also include a message that will be posted on the Legal Defense Fund Donor Wall at www.usark.org/usark-announcement/reptile-defense-donor-wall/ for all to see. You can even choose to make your donation or donation amount anonymous. Thanks for your support as we battle FWS to restore the freedoms of the Reptile Nation.

Join RAACA 2.0 Today!

There is a new anytime RAACA! Check out the format for listing auctions to benefit USARK via RAACA USARK Auctions at www.facebook.com/groups/1623588901209232/. These auctions will allow donations at any time and not just during fundraiser events. Anyone can bid, donate and support the Reptile Nation!

The new RAACA USARK Auctions have raised over $2,600. Thank you, RAACA, Jordan, Tammy, Houssam, Christine, donors and all the admins in this group!

Article written by USARK