|The Bush administration is proposing far-reaching changes to conservation policies that would allow hunters, circuses and the pet industry to kill, capture and import animals on the brink of extinction in other countries.
Giving Americans access to endangered animals, officials said, would feed the gigantic U.S. demand for live animals, skins, parts and trophies, and generate profits that would allow poor nations to pay for conservation of the remaining animals and their habitat.
This and other proposals that pursue conservation through trade would, for example, open the door for American trophy hunters to kill the endangered straight-horned markhor in Pakistan; license the pet industry to import the blue fronted Amazon parrot from Argentina; permit the capture of endangered Asian elephants for U.S. circuses and zoos; and partially resume the trade in African ivory. No U.S. endangered species would be affected.
This pisses me off SO MUCH! Man, today is the day(or one of the days) I regretted quitting my job; this is my area of the law and I want to be out there on the front lines suing the pants off the US Fish and Wildlife Service! OTOH, I'm very glad I'm not at the Department of Justice any more where I might have had to defend this asinine rule in court.
This is all driven by Gale Norton's "let's be friendly to industry and weaken environmental laws like the ESA" mindset. I know the career people drafting this stuff and this is not what they would be coming up with if they had their druthers.
Not that FWS will pay any attention whatsoever, but here's the link to the Federal Register notice if anyone feels like writing them a nasty letter about this. The comment period closes November 10.
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|No U.S. endangered species would be affected.|