US Proposes Ending Rule That Weakened Wild Bird Protections

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The Biden administration is proposing to restore longstanding protections for wild birds that work ended under former president trump in its final days in office the trump administration ordered a halt to prosecutions under the migratory bird treaty act for accidental but avoidable bird deaths more than one thousand north American birds are covered by the treaty from peregrine falcons to songbirds and more than twenty owl species hundreds of cases targeting utilities oil companies and wind energy developers resulted in criminal fines and civil penalties totaling five point eight million dollars between two thousand ten in two thousand eighteen most notably a one hundred million dollar settlement by energy company BP after the two thousand ten oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which killed an estimated one hundred thousand birds Ben Thomas Washington

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