Cockfighting

A federal court in Louisiana dismissed Holy Fight Ministries’ suit challenging the state’s cockfighting ban. The group claimed cockfighting is an “essential part of their religious faith,” but the court ruled a “religious belief — no matter how sincerely held — does not act as an absolute shield against generally applicable laws.”

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Polar Bears

A federal court in Alaska refused to block ConocoPhillips from constructing roads and a gravel mine in the National Petroleum Reserve. Environmental groups claimed the construction would harm a critical polar bear habitat, but the Fish and Wildlife Service determined there was only a “minimal possibility” polar bears would be harmed over the 30-year project.

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