Trump Administration Weakens US Wildlife Protections; States, Conservationists to Sue

The Trump administration took steps Monday to significantly weaken the U.S. Endangered Species Act, prompting state attorneys general and conservation groups to threaten legal action to protect at-risk species.The 1970s-era act is credited with bringing back from the brink of extinction species such as bald eagles, gray whales and grizzly bears, but the law has long been a source of frustration for drilling and mining companies, and other industries because new listings can put vast areas of land off-limits to development.The weakening of the act's protections is one of many...

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Published By: VOA Africa - Monday, 12 August

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