Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 6, 2018

Eight States Fighting Trump’s Attempt To Weaken Migratory Bird Treaty

The Washington Post reports

Eight state attorneys general filed a legal challenge Wednesday to the Trump administration’s bid to dramatically weaken the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a century-old law established to protect birds.

In accordance with a new interpretation of the act issued in April, the department informed its wildlife police that the slaughter “of birds resulting from an activity is not prohibited … when the underlying purpose of that activity is not to take birds.” For example, the guidance said, a person who destroys a structure such as a barn knowing that it is full of baby owls in nests is not liable for killing them. “All that is relevant is that the landowner undertook an action that did not have the killing of barn owls as its purpose,” the opinion said.

Read full story at  Eight states are fighting Trump’s attempt to declaw the Migratory Bird Treaty – The Washington Post


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