|Posted by blessthebeastsinc on November 19, 2013 at 12:55 AM|
The US Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Permits Office has decided that a small private wildlife rehabilitator's facility in Massachusetts is a better permanent home for our two Bald Eagles than the 20 million dollar Arctic exhibit at the Buffalo Zoo which is AZA accredited.
The birds will be forced to perform on the glove at demonstrations vs. being quietly on display at the zoo. To say I am disgusted would be an understatement. After more than 25 years as a wildlife rehabilitator I can honestly say that the USFWS Migratory Bird Permits Office doesn't give a damn about what's best for the animals they regulate.
These were the same folks who told me I would have to euthanize Peregrine Falcon BB after the DEC brought her to our facility this past summer. Their indifference to the needs of the individual animals is insulting to every volunteer wildlife rehabilitator who has taken care of these animals. I'd like to see them all have to take a test to prove their qualifications in working with animals or lose their cushy government jobs and pensions.
The Eagles will be leaving on Friday November 22. They will be going to the Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center, which is a backyard rehabilitation facility no different than ours. They do not have unique facilities for the birds and they certainly will not be able to provide better care than the Buffalo Zoo would have provided. The birds will undoubtedly be forced to perform education programs on the glove instead of being on display and left alone like they would have at the zoo.
In my opinion these birds are not suited to being forced to perform on the glove. They should be display animals only. The Buffalo Zoo's facility would be a far better permanent placement for them. I think I am better qualified to make that determination because not only have I observed and cared for the birds for several years, but I have an animal science degree from Cornell University and I have been a wildlife rehabilitator working with raptors for more than 25 years. I don't think the permits administrator who made their disposition decision could say the same thing about her qualifications with respect to these two birds.
To say I'm disappointed would be an understatement. Any comments would best be sent to: Valerie Crane-Slocumb
USFWS Div. of Migratory Birds-R5
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035