A Reprieve for Birds, Maybe

There's some good news from the Congress.

Last month, we reported that theHouse of Representatives approved an amendment by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) to prohibit the Department of Justice from enforcing the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. 

National Audubon reports that Congressman Duncan "appears to have backed off . . . ."

National Audubon waged a campaign against this amendment, but cautions that it could resurface at any time. 

What was behind this effort?  NAS reported:  " Audubon also found direct evidence of the involvement of Duke Energy in promoting legislative changes to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and exposed it using original investigative journalism. An Audubon online petition campaign resulted in 44,000 emails to the CEO of Duke Energy, asking Duke to stop attacking the laws that protect our birds."

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service describes the major provisions of this law as follows:   “The MBTA provides that it is unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, possess, sell, purchase, barter, import, export, or transport any migratory bird, or any part, nest, or egg or any such bird, unless authorized under a permit issued by the Secretary of the Interior. Some regulatory exceptions apply. Take is defined in regulations as: ‘pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or attempt to pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect.’ ” 

National Audubon (NAS) has an explanation of the bill here:  https://www.audubon.org/news/the-migratory-bird-treaty-act-explained. NAS encourages Auduboners to urge their U.S. senators and representatives to oppose this amendment.  You can find yours at www.senate.gov and www.house.gov.