Tell Washington to REJECT Weakening Protections for Eagles!
Bald Eagle, ClipArt.com
A proposal to gut an important rule that protects eagles is being rushed through the Fish and Wildlife Service before President Obama’s new Secretary of Interior can be confirmed.
This rule will result in more of these iconic birds being killed at wind energy projects throughout the United States.
It wasn’t that long ago that Bald Eagle numbers plummeted to just 800 breeding birds, placing them on the Endangered Species List and putting their very existence in doubt. Majestic Golden Eagles, also suffered declines, and continue to struggle today in the face of ongoing threats.
The federal government currently allows corporations to get permits to avoid prosecution for killing limited numbers of eagles as part of their normal operations if they also promise to offset this damage. These permits must be renewed every five years, giving the public regular opportunity to assess an industry’s operations. However, at the request of wind energy industry lobbyists, the federal government has now proposed making the permits good for 30 years! That means 30 years without the possibility for public review of the permit.
This will lead to more dead eagles, more costly lawsuits, and more Americans who will wonder why some private businesses are getting a free pass to kill some of our nation’s most remarkable birds.