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There's a new bill floating around Congress. The Farm and Ranch Habitat Protection Act, proposed by Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Calif.), would amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to allow for "accidental and incidental killings of endangered species." The bill seems to open up a loophole in the ESA; what's "incidental" to some is crucial to others. But then again, maybe the bill is reasonable: In a letter to his House colleagues, Campbell even touted the support of the National Audubon Society.
Why would the Audubon Society, an organization that "advocates the stringent enforcement of the Endangered Species Act," endorse such a bill? Good questionparticularly because the Audubon Society had never even heard of the bill, let alone supported it.