(CATS) The Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Florida has become synonymous for its reputation as the one-time dwelling of late author as well as its 45 six-toed gypsy cats—descendants of the cats Ernest Hemingway actually kept while he lived in the house. For generations, the Hemingway cats have been said to foster good luck, but last month, the the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the agency has the power to regulate the cats under the Animal Welfare Act. Because the museum advertises the cats as a part of the attraction, the agency feels that the museum requires a federal license for exhibiting animals. However, while a number of investigators have been sent out to visit the Hemingway cats over the years, all have found nothing but a bunch of fat and happy felines. Read on to learn more the curious case. — Global Animal
The cats, including Clark Gable, are considered by the Department of Agriculture to be like animals in zoos or traveling circuses. Photo Credit: Jason Henry, NY Times
The cats, including Clark Gable, are considered by the Department of Agriculture to be like animals in zoos or traveling circuses. Photo Credit: Jason Henry, NY Times

Read the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/23/us/cats-at-hemingway-museum-draw-a-legal-battle.html?_r=0

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