Trump Sued to Save Eight Species on the Brink
President Donald Trump's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has failed to safeguard seven animals and one plant that its own scientists admit desperately need protection. It's just the latest lapse of this agency under Trump, which has so far protected fewer species under the Endangered Species Act than during any administration in more than 30 years.
"Delay means death for these creatures," said Noah Greenwald, the Center for Biological Diversity's endangered species director. "The Trump administration's refusal to protect our highly imperiled animals and plants signals a sickening hostility to wildlife and the natural world that sustains us all."
The animals are Hermes copper and Puerto Rico harlequin butterflies, Sierra Nevada red foxes, red tree voles, eastern gopher tortoises, longfin smelt, and Berry Cave salamanders. The plant is a flowering shrub called marrón bacora.
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