On April 7, 2015, our legal partner Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed an Administrative appeal in response to the information released by US Fish & Wildlife, that was the result of our FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request from May of 2014. As mentioned in an earlier post, materials have been inappropriately redacted, especially with respect to the inter-agency discussions surrounding the Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project. Below is an except from the Appeal letter sent out earlier this week.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has violated FOIA by failing to conduct a reasonably adequate search for records responsive to the FOIA request. The FWS has also improperly redacted material from the records released, claiming deliberative process exemptions under 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(5) (“Exemption 5”) as well as claiming privacy interests under id. § (b)(6) and (b)7(c). Further, the FWS has failed to produce all documents, correspondence, pictures, video footage, and other records in any media that meets the parameters of ALDF’s FOIA request