Taking 'Wrecking Ball' to Endangered Species Act, Trump Administration Opens Door for Corporate Attack on Vulnerable Wildlife

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Julia Conley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

Gutting the law that has protected the bald eagle, the American crocodile, the gray wolf, and countless other animals from extinction over the past four decades, the Trump administration gave its latest handout to corporate interests on Thursday when it unveiled sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act . 'These regulations are the heart of how the Endangered Species Act is implemented.

If approved by the administration, critics said, the rollback of the law--which has the approval of 90 percent of Americans--will solidify the Trump administration's legacy as one which put the interests of corporations ahead of the well-being of wildlife. 'These proposals would slam a wrecking ball into the most crucial protections for our most endangered wildlife,' Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement.

 

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