Donald Trump Administration Weakens Endangered Species Act, Stripping Protection Of Animals Near Extinction

After calling climate change a “hoax” and fake news, US President Donald Trump has significantly tweaked Endangered Species Act, weakening it for the species that are already near extinction.

The US government has drastically made changes to how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is applied.

“The revisions weaken protections for threatened species, and will allow federal agencies to conduct economic analyses when deciding whether to protect a species,” reported Nature.com.

The changes as finalised by by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service on 12 August, are among the most radical modifications to the law since it was enacted in 1973.

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