The Trump government on Friday further developed plans to reduce federal regulation of birds, despite criticism from scientists and former federal officials that the move is likely to be severely detrimental to U.S. bird populations.
It was released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday Final environmental impact statement on the proposed amendment The Migratory Birds Act of 1918 (MBTA), which would severely restrict federal authorities from prosecuting industries for the destruction of migratory birds.
According to a report on Friday, the first step was to “prevent the unregulated killing of migratory birds”. Under the legislation, the Fish and Game Conservation Service regulates the “catching” of migratory birds, which includes “attempting, chasing, hunting, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing, collecting or hunting, shooting, injuring, killing, trapping. , capture or collect. ”
The proposed amendment seeks to clarify the scope of the definition, although many have pointed out that the change will reduce the federal prosecutor’s office’s threats to birds from industry, including power lines, wind turbines that blow them away from air and oil. field waste pits where landing birds can die in toxic water.
While acknowledging in its report that the regulatory change will have a “negative” impact on migratory birds as well as “other biological resources”, “cultural resources” and “ecosystem services”, the report states that proposed change “Necessary to improve the consistency and effectiveness of the enforcement of MBTA prohibitions at the national level and to inform the public, businesses, government agencies and other organizations, which the MBTA considers to be prohibited and not prohibited.”
According to the Fish and Wildlife Service and recent studies, industrial operations estimate that between 450 and 1.1 billion birds are killed each year in North America out of about 7 billion birds.
Federal judge in New York in August rejected pressure from the Trump administration to change the regulation, although the agency nevertheless went further with the change.
According to the Associated Press, barely two days after the president-elect, federal officials tabled an amendment to the bird treaty at the White House, which was one of the final steps before adoption. Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he will leave the White House if Biden appoints the Electoral College winner. The note: Biden is on a hard path with the promise of healing the nation. The United States records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as the epidemic wears over they were the winners of the 2020 elections.
David Yarnold, President of the National Audubon Society, he said in a statement on Friday that Trump was “furiously pursuing his policy of killing birds.”
Yarnold added that “the restoration of this 100-year-old bedrock law must be a top conservation priority for the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress”.
The proposed change is the latest in a series of measures by the Trump government to pass industry party legislation before Biden takes office in January, including legislation to support Arctic drilling and industrial development to protect endangered species.