Trump Continues Pushing Dangerous Rollbacks of Essential Protections for Birds

WASHINGTON – Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), along with other conservation groups, are challenging the Trump administration rollbacks of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s essential protections for birds.  

The following statement is from NRDC senior attorney Katie Umekubo on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement today.

“This announcement today signals that undermining one of our nation’s first and most important laws for birds is a priority for this administration, despite a myriad of recent warnings of devastating bird loss and a global biodiversity crisis. This is not a science-based decision, and it is not in the interest of wildlife. Notably, the proposed rule is currently devoid of any environmental review or analysis demonstrating how birds will benefit from it. And disturbingly, this is coming from our nation’s top wildlife conservation agency.”

Katie’s blog on the issue can be found here


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