Suit Filed to Restore Bird Protections Stripped by Trump
The Trump administration radically recast the century-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act to only apply to corporations' intentional, but not accidental, hurting or killing of birds (such as letting them drown in uncovered oil pits). This reinterpretation of the law eliminated longstanding, vital protections for more than 1,000 species of waterfowl, raptors and songbirds.
So on Tuesday the Center, along with allies, filed a lawsuit to return the Act to its former strength.
"Trump's tenure was a reign of terror for wildlife," said Noah Greenwald, our endangered species director. "The revised rule is nothing but a gift to oil companies and other polluters, allowing them to kill birds without legal consequence. The courts rightfully stopped this farce once before, and we hope this latest suit fully restores legal protection to birds that desperately need it."