Animals In The Way: Brett Kavanaugh’s Record On Wildlife

Sep 21, 2018

The dusky gopher frog, a critically endangered species, which scientists say is down to a population of only 100. This animal's critical habitat is on the line in the first Supreme Court case this fall.
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Donald Trump's second Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has received an enormous amount of coverage recently, but one area of his background has had little exposure: his judicial record as it relates to wildlife. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence spoke with Senior Counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity, attorney Bill Snape, who is also Assistant Dean at American University's Washington College of Law. He analyzed all 18 cases Kavanaugh has handled relating to animals and the environment, including endangered species. Snape said that in virtually every instance, Kavanaugh ruled against wildlife protection.

The topic is particularly relevant right now. The first case before the United States Supreme Court this fall will be an endangered species habitat case in which Weyerhaeuser Company, the world's largest timber company, is challenging a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to designate about 1600 acres of land as critical habitat for the critically endangered dusky gopher frog, down to an estimated 100 living creatures.

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Hear the complete interview:

Senior Counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity Bill Snape, Assistant Dean at American University's Washington College of Law.
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See our guest, attorney Bill Snape, Senior Counsel with the Center for Biological Diversity, speaking about Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh earlier this year:

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