Buzz: PETA ruffled over BC eagle
A live bird mascot is ruffling some feathers at Boston College, where there’s an ongoing flap about whether it’s OK to have an endangered species on the sidelines.
According to the Boston Globe, the awareness group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is squawking over a live bald eagle mascot at Alumni Stadium — a tradition that returned this year after spending 47 years with its wings clipped.
PETA reportedly asked the US Fish & Wildlife Service to investigate whether Boston College’s use of the bird is somehow ill-eagle (Ed. note: sorry) — an organization must have a permit and an educational use for displaying a bald eagle — and apparently the school was found to be compliant.
The Globe also reports that the unnamed 9-year-old male eagle has not actually been around the field all that much during Boston College’s first two home games. He was not brought into the stadium at all for the home opener against Villanova and left after the national anthem at BC’s Sept. 6 win over Wake Forest.
“We’re making sure it doesn’t get too excited,” John Linehan, president of Zoo New England, told the paper. “If it does, we give it quiet time.”
Even so, it doesn’t appear the eagle-loving folks at PETA have any plan to take it easy with their criticism of the school’s use of the raptor during games.
“Boston College just flunked Ethics 101 by teaching students that it’s fine to exploit, disrespect, and terrify animals,” PETA official Delcianna Winders told the Globe.
What do you think? Is PETA justified in calling fowl over an eagle on the sidelines? Tell us in the comments.
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