Five to six feet of majestic, soaring beauty, the bald eagle is America’s national bird and emblem. These raptors are impressive predators and are known to live long lives.
Unfortunately, one bald eagle in Oregon recently had her life cut short.
She is suspected to have died from ingesting a lethal amount of lead, most likely from lead bullets.
After the kill, hunters often leave carcasses and gut piles riddled with ammunition in their wake. These carcasses are attractive sources of food for bald eagles. But because hunters use lead ammunition, this meat is toxic -- and often fatal.
Tragically, when bald eagles and other majestic birds of prey consume what looks to be a hearty and healthy meal, they are unknowingly eating poison.
Nature rehabilitators across the country take in bald eagles suffering from lead poisoning. Some are able to be nursed back to health, but many are not.
Lead's environmental and health risks are well-documented. The toxic metal kills an estimated ten million birds and animals a year.
Finally, in January 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service addressed the problem and announced a policy that would prohibit lead ammunition in more than 150 million acres of National Wildlife Refuges and other federal land and waterways by 2020.
But the Department of the Interior reversed this action earlier this month.
The rescinding of this protection shows a blatant disregard for the well-being of animals. It is too late for the poisoned bald eagle in Oregon, but it is not too late to prevent future unnecessary pain and suffering for birds and other animals.
Sign this petition & send a message to the Department of Interior. It is cruel and unjustifiable to knowingly put animals' health at risk. Ban lead ammunition and protect bald eagles and millions of other birds!