Irvine & Conner and Animal Legal Defense Fund Serve Landry’s Inc. Notice of Intent to Sue for Endangered Species Act Violations

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This week, Irvine & Conner and Animal Legal Defense Fund served Houston’s Downtown Aquarium and Landry’s Inc. with a notice of intent to sue for violations of the Endangered Species Act. The notice alleges harm and harassment to a federally listed species: four tigers, who are kept in unlawful conditions at the Aquarium. In the notice, the Animal Legal Defense Fund reiterates its previous offer to relocate the tigers to a reputable, accredited sanctuary at no cost to Landry’s. If Landry’s declines this offer, Irvine & Conner’s clients intend to proceed with litigation after 60 days.

ALDF’s press release is available here.

tiger-in-cage(Photo Credit: Cheryl Conley)


Media coverage:

KHOU: (Video) Downtown Aquarium tiger exhibit at the center of a legal battle

Houston Chronicle: Animal rights group threatens to sue Landry’s over tigers at Downtown Aquarium (PDF)

The Telegraph UK: White tigers haven’t felt the sun in 12 years after being kept in an aquarium (PDF)

People.com: White Tigers at Houston’s Aquarium Allegedly Haven’t Been Outside in 12 Years

The Dodo: White Tigers Stuck in Aquarium Haven’t Felt the Sun in 12 Years

ABC-Denver7: Downtown Aquarium owners, Landry’s, facing possible lawsuit over tigers at Houston location

Eater Houston: Landry’s Restaurants Under Fire for Allegedly Mistreating White Tigers

Culturemap: Landry’s rare white Bengal tigers focus of legal dispute between billionaire and animal activists