Knapp v. USDA

The Secretary fined petitioner $395,900 after finding that he bought and sold regulated animals without a license in violation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), 7 U.S.C. 2134, and implementing regulations. The court found that the Judicial Officer did not sufficiently explain his reasons for treating aoudad, alpaca, and miniature donkeys as “animals,” and not “farm animals.” Nor did he sufficiently explain his conclusion that twenty-two of the sales to Lolli Brothers had a regulated purpose. The court concluded that petitioner's remaining contentions lack merit. Accordingly, the court granted in part and denied in part the petition for review and remanded to the agency to set out more fully the facts and reasons bearing on these two decisions. View "Knapp v. USDA" on Justia Law