The Humane Society of the United States v. United States Postal Service

609 F. Supp. 2d 85 (2009)

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The Humane Society of the United States v. United States Postal Service

United States District Court for the District of Columbia
609 F. Supp. 2d 85 (2009)

Facts

The Humane Society of the United States (society), an organization that cares for animals rescued from animal-fighting activities, sued the United States Postal Office (USPS). The society alleged that USPS had violated the Postal Reorganization Act, which requires USPS to declare mail violating the Animal Welfare Act as unmailable, by not declaring the periodical the Feathered Warrior as unmailable. The society claimed that the periodical violated the Animal Welfare Act because it promoted illegal animal fighting by advertising fights, animals, and supplies and by publishing animal-fight results. USPS argued that the society did not have organizational standing to file the action because it had not suffered an injury in fact and could not establish causation and redressability. USPS alleged that the society had not established an injury because it volunteered to care for the rescued animals and could not identify any upcoming raids that would result in the society having to expend its resources to rescue the animals. USPS alleged that the society had not established causation and redressability because USPS had not caused the animal fighting. The district court considered whether the society had organizational standing to sue USPS.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Robertson, J.)

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