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Migratory Bird Treaty Act at risk
Migratory Bird Treaty Act at risk
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act, one of the oldest and most successful conservation laws in the United States, is at risk of being severely weakened.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act has protected vulnerable birds for one hundred years—1,000 different species—from intentional and preventable harm, such as oil spills in coastal waters, poorly placed transmission lines, and other actions that result in bird deaths.

But recently, according to the National Wildlife Federation, the Trump Administration signaled that it would no longer enforce the Act except in extremely limited cases of purposefully causing death and harm.

This change would drastically reduce protections for migratory birds, including seabirds that are vulnerable to oil spills. Companies causing oil spills would no longer be held responsible for birds harmed or lost.

Some of America’s most beautiful and treasured bird species have been protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, including snowy egrets and puffins. But rolling back protections could really hurt these and the many species in steep decline such as cerulean warbler, chimney swift and wood thrush.

The strong, common sense safeguards provided by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act have been supported for decades by both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (Archive on Tuesday, May 29, 2018)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre

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