Changes to Endangered Species Act by Trump administration “crash bulldozer through protections”

The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced changes to the Endangered Species Act that have been described as a “bulldozer to protections” for some of them.

The Center for Biological Diversity says the move could lead to the extinction of hundreds of animals and plants.

Noah Greenwald, the Center for Biological Diversity’s endangered species director said:

“These changes crash a bulldozer through the Endangered Species Act’s lifesaving protections for America’s most vulnerable wildlife.
“For animals like wolverines and monarch butterflies, this could be the beginning of the end. We’ll fight the Trump administration in court to block this rewrite, which only serves the oil industry and other polluters who see endangered species as pesky inconveniences.”

The new rules mean that species categorized as “threatened” will not neccesarily get equal protection as those listed as “endangered.”

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said the new regulations were designed to “increase transparency and effectiveness and bring the administration of the Act into the 21st century.”

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