Biden Administration Reverses Trump Rollback of Migratory Bird Treaty Act 

Biden Administration Reverses Trump Rollback of Migratory Bird Treaty Act 

On Thursday, the Biden administration proposed a new rule that would reverse the Trump administration’s weakening of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The act was weakened in 2020, allowing industrial operations and individuals to unintentionally kill many birds without accountability. 

Why This Matters: The world is facing a biodiversity crisis, losing more species each year than ever before.

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Trump Team Finishes Off Migratory Birds Rollback

Trump Team Finishes Off Migratory Birds Rollback

Companies that unintentionally kill or harm migratory birds will no longer face any penalties for their actions — as the Trump administration delivers its final blows to nature on its way out the door. Rolling back the1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act undermines the purpose of the legislation, which was created to protect migrating birds — not the businesses that harm them.  

Why this matters: The Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that industry action kills about 700 million birds every year. The administration has rammed through this rollback despite a court ruling that it’s illegal. Interior’s own analysis says it will push species onto the endangered list — but the rollback can be reversed by the incoming Biden administration. 

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Trump Takes Aim at Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Reduces Protections for Nations Birds

Trump Takes Aim at Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Reduces Protections for Nations Birds

On Friday, the Trump administration moved another step closer to cutting federal protections for birds despite opposition from conservation groups and experts. Former federal officials have come forward to say that cuts will severely endanger the U.S. bird population.

 

Why This Matters: There are approximately 7 billion birds in North America. Harmful industrial practices in the U.S. kill an estimated 450 million to 1.1 billion birds each year in the U.S., according to estimates by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Judge Invalidates Trump Bird Rule Rollback Quoting “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Judge Invalidates Trump Bird Rule Rollback Quoting “To Kill A Mockingbird”

In what The Washington Post characterized as a “blistering ruling,” federal Judge Valerie Caproni threw out the Trump Administration’s interpretation of the terms “killings” and “takings” under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, saying that the Trump Administration viewed the Treaty too narrowly.  The Trump Administration rule required that the birds be intentionally and specifically targeted […]

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Trump Administration Clips the Wings of Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Gutting Bird Protections

Trump Administration Clips the Wings of Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Gutting Bird Protections

The Fish and Wildlife Service last week proposed another major rollback of an environmental rule and put millions of birds in danger — this one protecting migratory birds under an international treaty that has been in effect for a century. 

Why This Matters:  Prosecutions of this treaty are hardly a huge threat, but the decision to waive all prosecutions will have broad implications and impact behavior of those who should be taking care that their actions do not cause more harm to birds than the myriad of threats such as plastic pollution and climate change.

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