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Last month, the Trump administration under-the-radar pushed through changes that would overhaul enforcement of the Endangered Species Act. 

 

According to cbsnews.com, quote - "The changes included allowing economic cost to take into account as the federal government weighs protecting a struggling species, although Congress has stipulated that economic costs not be a factor in deciding whether to protect an animal. That prohibition is meant to ensure that the logging industry, for example, would not be able to push to block protections on economic grounds for a forest-dwelling animal."

 

Friday morning on the WHOW Morning Show, Director of the Scovill Zoo in Decatur, Ken Frye reacted to the changes and believes it makes preserving wildlife much more difficult.

 

Frye says he does not like the changes that were made.

 

 

Proponents of the change say this will allow more resources to go towards on-the-ground conservation enforcement. 

 

Frye is headed to New Orleans next week for the annual AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Conference and anticipates that being a big topic. 

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