$5,000 Reward Offered for Help in Nabbing Bald Eagle Killer

PETA Calls On the Public to Help Solve Bird-Shooting Case

For Immediate Release:
September 28, 2015

Contact:
Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

McConnellsburg, Pa. – On September 14 in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, a young female bald eagle was found shot through one of her wings and one of her legs and suffering from dehydration and malnutrition. She was rushed to a veterinarian for treatment but succumbed to her injuries, which included broken bones.

Police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the shooting—which violates the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act—so PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit(s).

“Not only is shooting a young bird and leaving her to die egregiously cruel, it’s also a felony,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this violent act against an American icon to come forward now, before anyone else gets hurt.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—offers tips for helping wildlife and reporting cruelty to animals on its website.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission at 814-643-1831.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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