A tremendous number of bald eagles and golden eagles are killed every year, but this doesn’t stop the United States Fish and Wildlife Services, which proposed that there should be more permits to kill these eagles, despite the fact that they are protected by the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
Many people think that this idea is an offense to the very symbol of the America. According to Dana Bove from the Board of Directors for the Boulder County Audubon Society, animal rights activists are doing their best to change this outcome.
Bove underlined that wind farms are responsible for killing countless of birds every year, especially bald and golden eagles. Worse, this industry is more likely to spread even further across the country. This is bad news for the environment and the bald eagles.
If the situation continues, the bald and golden eagle population will severely drop off a few years from now. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service started considering from May to increase the number of permits for eagle hunting.
Bove stated that the wind blades already kill them, and no one punishes these companies for what they do to eagles. Feedback and public comment will be taken into consideration by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services until July 5th. Then the agency will make a decision regarding the future of the eagles.
For the moment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services allow about 1,000 eagles to be hunted every year. But if the permit change will be accepted, more than 6,000 bald eagles and 2,000 golden eagles will be killed just for fun every year.
Many citizens, scientists, animal rights activists, and even prominent political figures consider that such a decision is inhumane. It’s sad to think that it takes so long for eagle parents to raise their chicks and one day one gunshot takes the life of an eagle that struggled so hard to survive in the wild.
There are currently 40,000 golden eagles and 143,000 bald eagles in the United States. Thinking that they are too many is unethical. Bove also stated that bald eagles are no longer under the Endangered Species Act since 2007.
This permit change will cause even more problems to the bald eagles and golden eagles numbers. Plus, it is a moral issue as it attacks the America’s symbol which should be well preserved and not hunted.