Federal Judge finds government must take action

I was saving this for an actual otter party, but what the heck...

You may have already heard our news that a Federal Judge ruled in favor of sea otters last week in our lawsuit to end the no otter zone. 

As we noted in an earlier post, the government’s response to our lawsuit has been a motion to dismiss. The attorney representing the Service argued that the government was under no obligation to act. In last weeks ruling, the judge denied the motion to dismiss, and acknowledged our right to sue. He was basically agreeing that this case is appropriate to be heard in his court, rather than another forum. 

So we haven’t won yet–we’re just a big step closer. Before you put the party hats away though, we do think this is news worth celebrating. In his justification for making the decision to deny the motion to dismiss, the judge made it pretty clear that the Service had obligated themselves to act many times throughout the years that this issue has been in limbo. That means things are looking good for sea otters. 

In summary, YAY. 

Of course there’s lots still to be done. A lot could happen in the case as we move ahead, and for you all, the work is still to come! Once the Service starts to move, they will need A LOT of encouragement to do the right thing for sea otters. 

If you want to be kept abreast of how to help us end the no otter zone, please sign up for our Otter Yelps on our website (right hand bar)! You’ll get news updates and action alerts telling you exactly how you can help when we need you! I hope you’ll also consider becoming a member, which gets you a newsletter on top of that. 

If you’re still not sure what the heck a no otter zone is, read about it on our updated no otter zone page. I hope you’ll be as self-righteously outraged about it as I am, and consider doing one of the things I suggested in the above paragraph. 

For all the rest of you, put your party hats back on and spread the news!

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About Allison

I am the new Executive Director of The Otter Project in Monterey, California! Originally from the Bay Area, I went to school in San Diego, and came back north to Monterey for graduate school, where I found my calling: saving sea otters! Working for The Otter Project combines my passion for environmental policy with my love of animals. When not advocating for sea otters, I enjoy yoga, volunteer wildlife rehab, reading, and spending time with my cat Alyssa, who, for the record, I did not name. I have been with The Otter Project since November of 2007.
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