"More than 200 conservation and animal-welfare organizations today urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a letter to withdraw three dangerous proposals that would undermine the Endangered Species Act -- Center For Biological Diversity
- The Trump administration’s proposed changes to the designation of critical habitat ignore the basic fact that the single largest driver of extinction here and around the world is habitat loss.
- The Supreme Court explained that the Act represents “the institutionalization of caution,” Tenn. Valley Auth. v. Hill, 437 U.S. 153, 184 (1978), and Congress clearly intended the consultation process to give “the benefit of the doubt” to species based on the best available scientific information. Simply put, the Trump administration is considering fundamental changes to the way section 7 consultation works.
- For nearly 40 years, the blanket 4(d) rule has provided protections afforded to endangered species to threatened species as a default, helping to ensure that no harm happens while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers a species-specific regulation. By prohibiting take of threatened species, including harm, harassment, and killing by any person, the blanket 4(d) rule has prevented harm to hundreds of species from piping plovers to sea otters. Rescinding the rule would undercut recovery and increase extinction risk for threatened species across the country, as well as increase inefficiency at the Service.
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