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California Supreme Court Overturns Court Order Protecting Elephants

Posted May 26, 2017

The California Supreme Court rejected the use of a taxpayer suit as a vehicle for enforcing animal cruelty laws.  In Leider v. Lewis, the justices ruled that a court cannot issue a mandatory injunction to enforce a criminal statute absent specific legal authority.  The court overturned trial court orders mandating that the Los Angeles Zoo take specified measures to improve the conditions of its elephants.  Read articles in Courthouse News Service and Metropolitan News-Enterprise.