Trump Nominates Ex-Monsanto Exec to ‘Help the Most Anti-Environmental Administration in History Do Even More Damage’

We wrote an article about Aurelia Skipwith last year.  Skipwith spoke at the “Slaughter Summit” and was quoted as sayingthe ability to sell horses “without limitation,” along with euthanizing horses and burros, is the “most humane way to address the issue.”  (Source:  Las Vegas Sun)

Source:  commondreams.org

President Donald Trump has nominated Aurelia Skipwith, a former executive at agrochemical giant Monsanto, to direct the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). (Photo: Interior Department)
Animal rights and conservation advocates are outraged over President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)—Aurelia Skipwith, a former executive at agrochemical giant Monsanto—warning that she will continue the administration’s ongoing efforts “to dismantle protections for wildlife, national parks, and monuments.”

“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.”
—Brett Hartl, CBD

A biologist and lawyer, Skipwith worked (pdf) for Monsanto for six years before taking positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), then the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She has been with the Interior Department since Secretary Ryan Zinke appointed her to serve as the deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife, and parks last year.

“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,” noted Brett Hartl of the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD). “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.”

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  1. Aurelia Skipwith
    Interior (joined: April 19, 2017)

    Deputy Assistant Secretary Fish and Wildlife and Parks | $162,000 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

    Former Positions Outside Government
    AVC Global Co-Founder and General Counsel
    Alltech, Inc Associate Corporate counsel
    John’s Run Walk Shop Associate

    Former Compensation Sources
    Alltech Inc I served as Assistant Corporate Counsel and Regulatory Affairs Coordinator where I was paid a salary

    https://projects.propublica.org/trump-town/staffers/aurelia-skipwith

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  2. Skipwith Special Interests:

    Monsanto (Resource Development on Public Lands)
    Skipwith worked at Monsanto, a multinational corporation that provides agricultural products for farmers worldwide. While Skipwith worked there, Monsanto lobbied the Interior Department on a variety of issues.

    Independent Petroleum Association of America (Resource Development on Public Lands)
    Skipwith spoke at the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s Regulators’ Forum on October 17, 2017.

    More info:
    https://departmentofinfluence.org/person/aurelia-skipwith/

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  3. Reader comment posted
    October 25
    on
    Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Emergency Rescue–SAVE the DG 300 from Slaughter!.

    AL_LS635
    Las Cruces, NM Thu, Oct 25, 2018 USDA Market News
    US to Mexico Weekly Livestock Export Summary

    Horses
    Slaughter 1,528 1,145 57,998 54,993
    Breeding Males 63 65 2,089 1,997
    Breeding Females 84 102 2,938 2,885
    Geldings 15 15 924 1,011
    Burro/Mule/Pony 0 17 88 399
    Total Horses 1,690 1,344 64,037 61,285
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/DevilsGardenWildHorseEmergency/

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  4. Our wild horses are caught up in the storm our country faces. Please everyone get out and vote, and get everyone you know to as well. If you love our horses and our country there is no other honourable path, and there won’t be a second chance later:

    “When you have a president without shame, backed by a party without a spine, amplified by a TV network without integrity, reason is not an option and hope is not a strategy. The only restraint on Trump is a lever of national power in the hands of the opposition party that can force some accountability.

    The stakes could not be higher. If the coming midterms reaffirm Trump’s grip on every lever of national power — the White House, the Senate, the House and the Supreme Court — he will become even more swollen and more dangerous to our institutions, which are now straining to contain his excesses.

    Trump once boasted, “I am a nationalist.’’ He surely is. And remember what President Charles de Gaulle of France once observed: Patriots put love of their own people first, while nationalists put hate for other people first. This is a time for every American patriot to do the only thing that can make a difference now:

    In the midterm elections, vote for a Democrat, canvass for a Democrat, raise money for a Democrat, drive someone to a voting station to vote for a Democrat. I repeat: In the midterm elections, vote for a Democrat, canvass for a Democrat, raise money for a Democrat, drive someone to a voting station to vote for a Democrat. I repeat: In the midterm elections, vote for a Democrat, canvass for a Democrat, raise money for a Democrat, drive someone to a voting station to vote for a Democrat.

    Beyond that, nothing else matters. We have to protect our institutions until this Trump era passes and we can restore the presidency to someone — Democrat or Republican — focused on loving our country more than hating others.”

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