Reward of Up to $5,000 for Help Nabbing Pelican Killer

PETA Seeks Information on Culprit(s) Who Taped Bird's Beak Shut and Bounded Feet

For Immediate Release:
November 1, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Baldwin Co., Ala. – A dead pelican, whose beak and feet were bound with electrical tape, was found on Pelican Point in Baldwin County on the weekend of October 14. Alabama Ecological Services believes someone captured the bird and left him or her to die in an apparent violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Authorities are investigating but have yet to make any arrests in the case, which is why PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

“Someone bound this bird’s beak and legs, leaving him or her unable to flee, eat, or drink—a terrifying way to die,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately, before anyone else gets hurt.”

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Alabama Ecological Services Field Office at 251-441-5787.

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. For more information, please visit

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