Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Danger for Endangered Species Act

According to ABC News, the US Department of the Interior is developing a plan that could gut the Endangered Species Act, putting endangered species in, well, danger.
Jan Hasselman, an attorney in Seattle with Earthjustice who is involved in a number of lawsuits involving endangered species, said if the proposed changes are implemented "it will make it more difficult to list species and fundamentally weaken the protection the act offers."
Some of the proposals would make obscure changes in how the law is implemented while others would be more direct, said Hasselman, who has analyzed the documents. Together they would "fundamentally gut the intent" of the law protecting species in danger of extinction.

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