July 2019 Legislative Update
Monday, July 15, 2019
Environmental Protection Agency Notice
- Glyphosate proposed interim registration review
- Public comment period ends July 5th, 2019
HR 2245 ‘‘Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies’’ or the ‘‘CECIL Act’’
CECIL is not an acronym, this act was proposed after Cecil (an endangered subspecies of lion) was killed. The bill would:
- Amend the Endangered Species Act to treat species proposed to be listed as threatened or endangered as though they have already been listed for the purposes of trophy hunting import licensing, thereby prohibiting un-permitted take or trade of species proposed to be listed. Strengthening the ESA in this way would prevent the rush to take animal trophies before a listing is finalized, such as the one that happened when polar bears were proposed to be listed as threatened in 2008.
- Requires that any wildlife imports to the U.S. enhance the conservation of the species. The killing of Cecil the Lion and the Trump administration’s suspension of a ban on elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Tanzania have raised serious concerns about the accountability and effectiveness of trophy hunting programs that claim to have conservation benefits.
- Directs the Government Accountability Office to determine whether there is any evidence that trophy hunting in foreign countries contributes to wildlife conservation, and recommend reforms for the industry.
- Terminates the International Wildlife Conservation Council, a Trump administration-created forum for the promotion of international trophy hunting.
Odds of passage: Two previous versions introduced by Rep. Grijalva in 2015 and 2018 both failed to receive a vote. The current version has so far attracted fewer co-sponsors than previous versions.
Senate Resolution 257
Designating June 20, 2019, as ‘‘American Eagle Day’’ and celebrating the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States.
Biodiversity/Ecosystem Global Assessment Report
Submitted by the Water, Oceans and Wildlife Subcommittee (Chairman Jared Huffman, D-Calif.) of the House Natural Resources Committee. Findings summarized as follows:
- 1 in 8 species on Earth - up to 1 million species - are facing extinction.
- That loss is driven by the fact that we have altered over 75% of terrestrial environments and 66% of marine environments.
- Populations of native species have declined by over 20% on average, some much higher. The area of coral reefs has declined by 50%.
- Half a trillion dollars of crops are at risk from pollinator loss.
- Half of the Sustainable Development Goal metrics are declining.
Federal Register /Vol. 84, No. 122 /Tuesday, June 25, 2019 / Proposed Rules
Propose to amend the depredation order that allows take of resident Canada geese at agricultural facilities by authorized personnel between May 1 and August 31. USFWS feels that this time period is too restrictive in portions of the Atlantic Flyway where specific crops are now being planted and depredated prior to May 1. They want to push the beginning of the allowed date of takes back to April 1.
- Canada goose populations are currently increasing
- Comments on this proposed rule must be received by August 26, 2019.
HR 2685 Reauthorization of the Wild Bird Conservation Act
Would amend the act to authorize funding appropriations from 2020-2025.