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.
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 here: https://www.audubon.org/news/the-migratory-bird-treaty-act-explained.
“If Duncan’s amendment had been law during the BP disaster [oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico], those responsible for the largest marine oil spill in history would have faced no prosecution for causing the deaths of an estimated one million birds,” NAS's Mike Daulton said. "Allowing this amendment to become law is tantamount to an avian slaughter free-for-all.”
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.