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2 judges throw out suits about big cat ban

2 years 2 weeks 4 days ago November 17, 2014 Nov 17, 2014 Monday, November 17 2014 November 17, 2014 4:19 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Janet McConnaughey

NEW ORLEANS - Judges in Baton Rouge have thrown out two lawsuits involving Louisiana's law against owning exotic cats.

One lawsuit challenges an exemption to the ban. That exemption allows the owner of a Baton Rouge-area truck stop to continue keeping his live tiger mascot on exhibit.

The other lawsuit was filed by a north Louisiana animal sanctuary threatened by the ban.

Both lawsuits were thrown out Monday by two different state court judges. Attorney Jennifer Treadway Nixon, who represents both the truck stop and the animal sanctuary, outlined largely procedural reasons the judges gave for throwing out the lawsuits.

She is considering her next move. It may involve combining the sanctuary's lawsuit with the truck stop owner's earlier challenge to the ban.

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