Concern Over New Interpretation of Migratory Bird Treaty Act

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Center for Conservation Biology News Release

Center for Conservation Biology expresses concern over new interpretation of Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Bryan Watts, the director of the Center for Conservation Biology, has dedicated much of his professional life to keeping birds safe. Now, he’s worried that a new federal interpretation of a century-old law will result in the deaths of millions of birds.

A 41-page memo issued just before Christmas by Daniel Jorjani, a deputy solicitor in the U.S. Department of the Interior, essentially changes the focus of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) by stating the DOI will only prosecute in the event of birds killed purposefully.

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