(USA) Lawsuit seeks to shut down Trump wildlife protection board

Jonathan Stempel | Reuters | 01/08/2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Environmental advocacy groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to shut down U.S. President Donald Trump’s board advising on federal rules for importing big game, saying it is stacked with trophy hunters and politically connected donors and cannot serve the public interest.

The lawsuit said the “deceptively named” International Wildlife Conservation Council created last November by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke actually promotes the hunting of and importing of body parts from “imperiled species” such as African elephants, lions and rhinos.

It said the 17-member council violates a 1972 federal law designed to curb White House use of advisory panels to set national policy, and should lose its powers and charter.