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Judge stops Trump's attempt to weaken Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Efforts by the Trump administration to weaken the century-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act were blocked by a federal judge, who said the revisions produced by the Interior Department are "contrary to the plain meaning of the MBTA and therefore must be vacated."

In her 31-page ruling (attached below), U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni of the Southern District of New York pointed to where the so-called Jorjani Opinion lacked needed substance -- "the Opinion is riddled with ambiguities made only more apparent by the incoherent guidance FWS subsequently issued." -- and was counter to the Interior Department's "prior longstanding position and enforcement practices" under the treaty.

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