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April 29, 2009

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

The Humane Society of the United States

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following in response to the Department of Interior and Department of Commerce's decision to repeal the previous administration's midnight rule that stripped protections for endangered species:

"We are very pleased that Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reversed the Bush administration's end-of-term decision to dramatically weaken Endangered Species Act regulations. The previous 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.

"Tuesday's decision permanently reinstates much-needed protective regulations, and follows a federal court lawsuit by The Humane Society of the United States and other organizations challenging the rule for violating the Endangered Species Act and other environmental protection laws."

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