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Monday, November 19, 2018

Zinke Plans To Destroy Interior Dept Records On Endangered Species

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

 

Republicans have been trying to weaken protections for endangered animals and now they are trying to get permission to destroy some records about what animals are protected.

Trump’s Interior Department, headed by Ryan Zinke, wants to destroy records such as proposals to help endangered species recover and proposals for protecting where the animals live. The request is part of a proposed massive purge of Interior records that also includes records about oil and gas leases, timber sales, dams and land purchases.

“This is really bad for endangered species, which need to be monitored over time and to ensure conservation action has been effective,” said Noah Greenwald of the Center for Biological Diversity.

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It Is in Our Interest To Save Other Species

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

The dusky gopher frog is a tiny thing. Once thriving in the longleaf pine forests of the South, only about 250 remain in the wild, in Mississippi. The endangered frog could soon disappear forever if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against a plan to preserve breeding ponds in Louisiana.

The dispute centers on the Endangered Species Act. Since its enactment in 1973, the law has pulled numerous native animals and plants from the jaws of extinction. An amazing 99 percent of the species granted protection under the act are still with us today. Many are doing so well that they’ve been taken off the endangered list (the American bald eagle, for example).…

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Danziger: High Water Hogs

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.com.