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The trump management is to reduce the completion of substantial amendments to the Endangered Species Act in a bid to the system, the legal implications, critics say, the shift could accelerate the extinction of the fighting creatures.
In the face of such criticism, argues the administration, the amendments to the regulation will be more efficient and less costly, while maintaining protection for the animal world.
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“The best way to maintain the Endangered Species Act is to do what we can to ensure it remains effective in achieving its ultimate goal—the recovery of our rarest species. The law is based on the effectiveness based on clear, consistent, and efficient implementation”, U.S. Secretary of the interior David Bernhardt said in a statement. “An effectively managed law ensures more resources where they are most needed: on-the-ground conservation.”
The changes, so that the economic costs to consider, such as the Federal government weighs in protective styles to fight, even though Congress has determined that the economic cost is not a factor in the decision whether to protect an animal.
Gary Frazer, assistant director at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told reporters that the government hold that by passing on the costs to the public, without that it is a factor for officials, taking into account the protective measures. Other changes include the extension of blanket protection measures for species newly listed as threatened.
The US Fish and Wildlife and the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Interior Department’s administration of the endangered species list. The Endangered Species Act is credited with helping save the bald eagle, California condor and many other animals and plants in danger of extinction, since U.S. President Richard Nixon signed into law in 1973.
Many Western state legislators, praised the move by the trump management.
The Endangered Species Act is a contentious issue in places like Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, with the Republican politicians complain in the past that the law does not respect the needs of landowners, hunters and farmers, whose Land is the habit of many of the species are threatened with extinction.
“This is a victory for Montana and the West, and will help restore commonsense, science-based decision-making when it comes to the Endangered Species Act,” Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said in a statement. “This new scheme leads to more transparency, increased the recovery of species, more conservation, and will help the decision-making powers in the hands of the radical activists in the courtroom.”
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The amendments to the law were, however, slammed by environmental groups, who argue that these revisions gut the protection for endangered species and result in more animals to the brink of extinction.
“This effort to gut protections for endangered and threatened species has the same two characteristics of most of the Trump administrative measures: it is a gift to the industry, and it is illegal,” Drew Caputo, vice president of litigation for the preservation of representation of the interests of Earthjustice, said in a statement. “We will see, the Trump administration, in court about you.”
At least 10 attorneys General have joined environmental groups to protest in an early draft of the changes, saying that more animals in greater risk of extinction.
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“We will review these changes today, but I can promise you that there is nothing in these new rules, which helps in the protection of endangered and threatened species,” said Kristen Boyle, an Earthjustice attorney.
The Endangered Species Act currently, more than 1,600 species in the United States and its territories protects.
A report by the United Nations warned in may that more than 1 million plants and animals which are threatened with global extinction, some within the next few decades, due to human development, climate change and other threats. The report refers to the rate of species loss to a record.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.