Cats at Hemingway museum at center of legal battle
Federal regulators to monitor feline residents?
- Duration 4:43
- Date Jan 3, 2013
Federal regulators to monitor feline residents?
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Phillies nor does that concession on the docket today the cats that could be headed to the US Supreme Court.
Ernest Hemingway left behind a six toed cat named snowball.
Had an extra toe and -- you could snowball that left behind around -- -- descendants were alive today.
At least four -- descendants of snow balls are alive today they appear to be very happy.
But despite that fact the feds are intent on checking up on them in -- evening sending investigators at one point.
And they want these cats locked up and changes overnight as opposed to having free range of the pending -- -- what's up -- that's.
Joining us now.
Mark I clerk to former prosecutor now defense attorney Brian -- listed as a defense during mark.
The feds say that under US department of -- to agriculture regulations.
-- the house of Ernest Hemingway has crossed over into an animal exhibitor subject of federal regulations.
And that it cats or now as happy as it act could possibly be according to catch up -- -- -- went out that -- -- investigated.
Must be locked up overnight instead of having free range connected to all sorts of other things that the feds finger in the at best interests -- -- have a about right.
Yet that's about right and my first reaction when I read this story was really.
Didn't we almost just go off a financial cliff.
And we the taxpayers are spending money so government agents can vacation down in -- keys.
Put up at hotels go to -- so they can take pictures of cats.
Yeah really and the answer to that next level has to be yes.
Yeah but that got the wrong act to that using animal welfare act signed into law in 1966.
To protect animals these animals are well cared for they they look to protect those -- traveling circuses and zoos where they're being abused.
These animals are loved and well cared for there not a living.
Breathing exhibit like they're claiming it is Hemingway's legacy that is on display not necessarily the cat.
It is -- the regulations seem to be turning the intent of the law on its head.
They're saying that now if this if this law applies these cats have to be kept an individual cages at night -- honestly not -- -- -- Yeah came out said we inspected.
What we found was a bunch of fat happy relaxed cats.
And why is learning that need for federal intervention here.
-- and we've gone from the fiscal cliff -- -- kiddie play half.
The kiddies are being kicked out of the -- here but.
And that the fact of the matter is there's a lot of it -- -- in existence right now and the reason why they're regulating the Hemingway and stay.
It's because it's being used for commercial purposes the cats are being used to lure people into the estate in fact -- I went on a website before who went on the air and there is a portal on the web site that advisor.
Did -- to alert people and so when mark says that -- they're not the caps are being used to tell our people went for commercial purposes he's wrong.
And also at night and technical -- here.
Well but all players and they're not just checking the list the welfare of the cast their checking the condition of the promises for example whether there's -- ship being.
How could it be any happier when repeatedly -- the stamp of improved step of approval as an animal on more than that now mark.
How do you need to the -- we have federal investigators I mean literally federal investigators sent down there.
In an undercover agent capacity.
Undercover agents -- was sent down there to observe the cats and surreptitiously photographed their movements -- according to near times report.
One photo shows a great cat sitting on the pavement -- the caption.
Picture of six -- -- taken in restaurant bar at end of -- late may or may not be from and the -- this is great work work.
-- -- -- -- -- I can't explain it it's it makes as much sense is a homeless person on house arrest but I also want to remind the viewers.
That these cats are getting weekly visits to the veterinarian and also.
Bob Barker would be thrilled most of them -- -- And Norton neutered at and finally you've got to read the exact bank is now the heat she she wanna need to remind you of the exact quotation.
That was given by -- to the Agriculture Department when they sent the investigators down there in the exact.
Quote was what I -- was a bunch of fat happy and relaxed cats.
God save the cats.
-- didn't look clean bill of health -- And that would cats -- other heavyweight state they wind up in their own cemetery near the garden they all have -- names little Frank Sinatra little -- -- a bore little Marilyn Monroe -- bucket.
I -- leave that -- I'm.
-- mark thank you we'll see if the US Supreme Court takes any interest in this case and overrule by the ruling.
Against the having legacy.