The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668-668c), enacted in 1940 protects the bird, its nest, and its egg. The Act provides criminal penalties for persons who “take, possess, sell, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, at any time or any manner, any bald eagle … [or any golden eagle], alive or dead, or any part, nest, or egg thereof.” The Act defines “take” as “pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, molest or disturb.”
Removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species on August 9, 2007, the Bald Eagle being on that list prompted the 1940 congressional edict and is still protected, yet today, it is legal to terminate a pregnancy killing an unborn child? Seriously? Am I missing something here?
Pastor Marty Reid of the Trinity Family Church in Talty, Texas writes, “$250,000 fine for taking an eagle egg. But if you want to kill a human in your womb the government will pay for it!” Where are the guys with the straitjackets when you need them? There are 469 seats in congress so I think we should write our elected officials and see if one might be brave enough to requisition about 500 and make ready the same number of beds at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital while he or she is at it. I must say, our world is going to hell in a hand basket and it seems we have gotten in the express lane.