Obama talks TPP with Humane Society
In a sign of the Obama administration’s calculation that protecting animal rights is more popular than opposing them, President Barack Obama has participated in a question-and-answer session with Humane Society of the United States on the endangered species provisions of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.
The Q-and-A with Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle was released by the Humane Society today, which is World Wildlife Day.
Recalling his appreciation of the environment when growing up in Hawaii and his first visit to Yellowstone National Park when he was 11, Obama told Pacelle, “That’s why I’ve taken every opportunity in my time in office to protect the world’s wildlife where I can.””
With the TPP, Obama said, “We’ve negotiated the highest-standard trade agreement in history that will provide new tools to protect wildlife.””
But the president also noted that within the United States “We’ve also pursued successful efforts to conserve an iconic bird — the greater sage grouse — across 11 western states.”
“It’s the largest planning effort to protect a species in U.S. history, illustrating how a strong national, state, and private collaboration and flexible and effective programs can protect wildlife, benefit the environment and enhance local economies across the country,” Obama said.
–The Hagstrom Report
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