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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