The Trump administration has nominated a former Monsanto employee to run the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Aurelia Skipwith has been at the Department of the Interior since April 2017 and has helped oversee virtually every effort to dismantle protections for wildlife, national parks and monuments.

 “Aurelia Skipwith has been working in the Trump administration all along to end protections for billions of migratory birds, gut endangered species safeguards and eviscerate national monuments,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Skipwith will always put the interests of her old boss Monsanto and other polluters ahead of America’s wildlife and help the most anti-environmental administration in history do even more damage.”

Under current U.S. law, the president cannot appoint a person to run the Fish and Wildlife Service unless the person is “by reason of scientific education and experience, knowledgeable in the principles of fisheries and wildlife management.” Skipwith’s nomination breaks with decades of tradition from presidential administrations of both parties in that she has neither education nor experience in fisheries and wildlife management.

“Skipwith is utterly unqualified to run the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Hartl. “Putting unqualified ideological fanatics into positions of power continues to be the Trump administration’s game plan. These people have utterly no compunction or shame about destroying the very agencies they’re being appointed to lead.”

During Skipwith’s tenure the Fish and Wildlife Service has repeatedly put the interests of the pesticide industry ahead of imperiled wildlife. In the spring of 2017, the Service scrapped the first nationwide biological reviews that assessed the impacts of pesticides on endangered species. In August it reversed a 2014 decision prohibiting bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides and genetically modified, pesticide-resistant crops on national wildlife refuges.

Skipwith has also overseen the national park system in her current position and was instrumental in the agency’s sham review of the national monument system that enabled Trump to illegally eliminate Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

“The Senate should ask Skipwith hard questions about her tenure at the Service, because confirming her would be a travesty for our nation’s wildlife,” said Hartl.

Responses to "Trump picks former Monsanto executive to lead U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service"

  1. 2mitzid says:

    You keep killing off the endangered species and see what YOUR kid has to grow up with!!! Get that EPA back on board!!! GRRR ;-((((((((((((((((((((((

  2. Unknown says:

    The first thing I've disagreed with Trump.Monsanto kills Americans and animals

  3. Sounds like New Zealand. We have the most Greens in the government and they are aerial dropping more 1080 on the countryside than ever before. Claim they are saving the native birds but they are using insecticide baits that kill sheep, cattle, deer, possums, everything. Probably trees too.

  4. Unknown says:

    Holy crap!!! This might single handedly be the worst thing Trump has done. Monsanto is the enemy of the American people. They have been poisoning our food system for decades and are soley responsible for the rapidly declining bee population. And do i need to mention the class action law suit they are facing for causing a myriad of cancers. One of which is lymphoma, which i happen to have, again! We have to vote to bring our coutry back to it's senses! Trump is the enemy of the people and all it's inhabitants big and small! Don't even get me started on the havoc wreacked on all our wildlife! That lady is a CANCER!!

  5. Kathryn says:

    Monsanto has a reputation for selling and promoting products that are terribly dangerous to our environment. For instance "Roundup". This is not a good decision. We need to have protections for our environment and all things living.

  6. So, working for a year and a half as under secretary for fish and wildlife does not count? Or her work as a research and legal intern at the United States Department of Agriculture? How about her time at Alltech, a global animal nutrition provider that also runs one of the largest algae production systems in the world? Of the agricultural consulting firm she co-founded, AVC Global? I guess only experience as a idealogue on the left counts.

  7. Anonymous says:

    President Trump was elected to rid our Government of corruption and to fight for "We The People." He is doing an outstanding job of trimming Environmental Protection regulations that only serve to disadvantage "We The People" and advantage the Left's agenda. He is going to do the same with bogus Fish and Wildlife regulations that also disadvantage "We The People." His doing an outstanding job and "We The People" fully support him.

  8. Unknown says:

    I assume these clowns don't care if their grandchildren have clean water to drink, unpolluted air to breather or can view healthy wildlife that is part of our ecosystem.

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