Feds Can Restrict Hemingway's Cats: Ruling
Judges crack down on Key West museum
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2012 5:04 PM CST
Patches, one of more than 60 cats in residence at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, Fla., prowls through the late author's writing room in this Saturday, July 13, 2002 file photo.   (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Roberto Rodriguez)

(Newser) – Looks like Ernest Hemingway's famous six-toed cats won't roam so freely anymore. Three federal judges have ruled that a Key West, Fla., museum housing the cats can no longer keep them without restrictions, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The museum will have to put them in cages overnight, install electric wire on a brick wall, build a higher fence, or employ a nightwatchman to monitor the felines. The ruling follows a long court battle over the museum's 40 to 50 cats.

Hemingway let his cats roam around the one-acre ground where he wrote some of his best books in the 1930s. But after a museum visitor complained a few years back, USDA officials laid down the law, and the museum took it to court—losing on appeal with the latest ruling. The three-judge panel based its decision on an interpretation of the US Commerce Clause, saying federal officials can impose rules on the museum because it attracts out-of-state visitors.

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Dec 17, 2012 1:58 PM CST
LOL!!! 2/3 of americans would happily watch 2/3 of the rest of americans get rounded up and executed, provided that they personally, or "their Lord", get to choose which 2/3 dies... But, 2/3 of americans are deceptive enough to pretend that they believe no such statistic, and that furthermore they are shocked , franky just horrified , that anyone, even Hemingway , that dirty commie pinko , could even imply such a thing! Hmph! Oh, the indignation! Seriously. Anyone you ask could, if they really think about it, come up with 2/3 of the population that they think the world is better off without. You must be new here. Welcome to the human race.
Dec 17, 2012 6:17 AM CST
The 6-toed cats are one of the attractions that draw people to the home of this pinko-commie writer. Hemingway was a nutbar. He actually advocated the rounding up of 2/3s of the US population to be humanely exterminated. He believed all that crap about over populating and his plan was for a humane genocide of the mentally ill, criminals, conservatives and all non-socialists. Keep the cats; burn down his damn house; have the cats adopted out.
Dec 17, 2012 2:00 AM CST
Coming to a Chinese restaurant near you soon.