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Statement on Obama Administration's Decision to Restore Endangered Species Act Protections

The Humane Society of the United States

WASHINGTON — Jonathan Lovvorn, vice president and chief counsel of animal protection litgation and research for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following in response to President Barack Obama's announcement reinstating Endangered Species Act regulations that require U.S. government agencies to consult with the Departments of Interior and Commerce to determine if their planned actions might harm endangered or threatened species. This key provision was stripped in the eleventh hour of the George W. Bush administration.

"We are encouraged and delighted by the Obama administration's announcement that it will reverse the Bush administration's last-minute attempt to weaken Endangered Species Act protection for endangered and threatened species. The Bush rule was roundly criticized by animal welfare advocates, scientists and conservationists for allowing federal agencies to avoid scientific review on how their actions affect imperiled wildlife.

"The announcement today reinstates the much-needed protective regulations while the Obama administration reviews the rule, and The Humane Society of the United States encourages President Obama to permanently reverse the Bush rule in its entirety. Today's announcement follows The HSUS and other organizations' federal court lawsuit challenging the Bush rule for violating the Endangered Species Act and other environmental protection laws."

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.