California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is seeking to allow, and in some cases increase, the number of wild birds — including hawks, falcons and owls — who can be taken from the wild and used for the “sport” of falconry.
Please speak out today against this unwise and inhumane proposal.
Wild birds of prey fly for miles a day with no boundaries, experiencing a level of freedom that is unparalleled by many animals. In falconry, however, they often are kept hooded in a small cage, tethered to a perch. While such housing and treatment may be standard in the falconry industry, it is hardly capable of accommodating natural behavior.
In addition to such bird welfare issues, we are concerned that the DFW’s proposal has failed to examine fully the environmental impacts of the wild birds’ removal (sometimes as chicks, from their nests!) as well as the potential impacts of allowing falconers to possess and breed non-native exotic raptors in the state.
by Monica Engebretson