Protect our eagles
by Susan and Gary Clardy
May 29, 2004
On Memorial Day, when we remember the sacrifices made to protect
our liberty, we should also remember the symbols of that liberty
- the Flag and the Bald Eagle. The image of the soaring eagle
says it all. As we consider an amendment to protect our flag,
we also need to protect our eagles' wild and free character.
In Alaska where 50% of all eagles live, the eagles' character
is at risk. Man, by tossing fish at eagles for commercial photos
or personal entertainment, has reduced this symbol of liberty
to a circus performer and dumpster diver. People love eagles
and mean them no harm, but once fed by man - never wild again.
Always the easy way out and always dependent on man, like the
fed bear, the fed eagle may be served its last meal.
Communities from Southeast to Southcentral need to recognize
this danger to eagles. Our national symbol, the soaring eagle,
now keeps company with gulls and crows.
Every veteran who wore the eagle emblem should be angered by
what we are doing to the eagle. Let's work together to bring
the eagle back to the wild one we love. Demand that eagle baiting
stop all over the state, not just in the Chilkat, but in Eagle
River, Ninilchik, Deep Creek, Homer, and everywhere.
Gary Clardy (veteran)
Homer, AK - USA
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