Treading The Danger of Needlessly Slaughtering Birds

posted by Jael Ever @ 20:07 PM
May 19, 2011

For the second time in six months, dozens of bodies of dead pelicans have washed up on America’s southern shores.  Even more of these animals were sickened.  By the end of 2010, someone had killed 250 pelicans in North Carolina and Florida, and left hundreds more disabled.  This month another 30 dead or badly injured birds washed ashore.  The situation is so dire that a task force has been formed with officials from police and sheriff’s departments, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

 The task force is now working frantically to solve the mystery of what is happening to this bird––which also happens to be another disabled species.  These officials, along with The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust offer a combined reward of $ 8,500 for information on who is killing these birds.  According to Connie Pleti of the Topsail Voice, “The birds have been mutilated and harmed in such ways as being stabbed, cut, shot, tendons sliced, decapitated and their wings cut off.” North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Law Enforcement Officer Doug Jones adds “I don’t believe they died naturally.  These are not accidental deaths. They are malicious and deliberate.  It is a state and a federal offense to harm these protected birds.”

  Those animals still alive were so in such bad shape that they had to be euthanized. Toni O’Neil, director of the Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary in Hubert, North Carolina, said of one bird: “It looks like a bomb has gone off in the wing. It’s that shattered and smashed so completely.”  She insists that people are actually killing the birds:  “We . . .  said last year when it ended that when warm weather came back and fishing picked up again, it would start again.  Well, it has been warm for the past few weeks, and fishing has started again and the reports and the dead and injured pelicans have been coming in, just like we said.”

 Robert Jones of the American Bird Conservancy explains that this brown pelican can be found from Chesapeake Bay to the Gulf Coast as well as in California.  “It is the only North American pelican that plunge-dives to catch its food. It may have a wingspan of up to seven feet and weighs about eight pounds.”  Almost wiped out in the 1960s and 70s from DDT use, the Brown pelican was placed on the Endangered Species list.

 “What comes around, goes around” was a popular saying several years ago.  And several Scriptures about birds agree with that sentiment:  “Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life” (Proverbs 7: 23).  “. . .for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end” (Jeremiah 12: 4).  Its time to get out wholesale Christian t-shirts with the message, “To Needlessly Slaughter Birds Endangers Your Own Life.”

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