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Federal judge puts endangered animals deal on hold

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan has ruled to delay a settlement between the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), part of the Department of the Interior, and environmental groups over the fates of endangered species waiting for federal protection, according to a recent report from the New York Times.

A settlement would have required the government to make swift decisions concerning 251 species that are currently waiting to be placed on the U.S. FWS endangered animals list. Upon the judge's decision, the Obama administration must continue their discussions with environmental groups.

Both the government as well as environmental conservationists have been blaming each other for the slow process of declaring new additions to the endangered animals list.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared May 20, 2011 National Endangered Species Day, in observation of the efforts that conservationists are making in saving threatened animals. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also recently sponsored a National Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest, for which the grand prize winner made a drawing of a Green Sea Turtle. 
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