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Barred Owl Suit Filed

October 01, 2013 | Barred Owls

September 30, 2013--Friends of Animals filed suit against the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service challenging their plan to kill over 3,600 Barred Owls in the Pacific Northwest.  

The Northern spotted owl population in the United States has been in decline for more than 40 years.  Since being listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1990, habitat destruction, primarily due to logging of old growth forest in California, Oregon and Washington, has been recognized as the primary threat to the Northern spotted owl. 

In approving the Barred Owl Removal Plan, the Federal Defendants identified a new threat to the Northern spotted owl: the Barred owl. The Barred Owl Removal Plan does nothing to protect Northern spotted owls, but instead attempts to divert focus on protection of Northern spotted owl habitat by scapegoating Barred owls. Not only, however, is the Barred Owl Removal plan immoral, unethical and cruel, it is illegal.

In issuing a scientific collecting permit under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”), 16 U.S.C. §§ 703-712, FWS fails to identify    any legitimate reason why the action would help science better understand and conserve the Barred owl.  Because the permit is really to allow indiscriminate killing of the owl, it is inconsistent with the intent of the MBTA and the international conventions behind to protect species like the Barred owl, not kill them.

 

Update: Our lawsuit has been generating some attention and was written about in a Seattle newspaper.

Comments

Kill 3,600 Barred Owls? This is just insane.

All God's creatures are beautiful and deserve to live without threat by man.

The Barred Owl Removal Plan does nothing to protect Northern spotted owls, but instead attempts to divert focus on protection of Northern spotted owl habitat by scapegoating Barred owls. - Clearly another Federal cruelty plan to destroy wildlife. Additional comments on this matter,but probably would be considered offensive towards the federal fish and wildlife service, aka no service to animals.

The Northern spotted owl population in the United States has been in decline for more than 40 years. Since being listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1990, habitat destruction, primarily due to logging of old growth forest in California, Oregon and Washington, has been recognized as the primary threat to the Northern spotted owl.

In approving the Barred Owl Removal Plan, the Federal Defendants identified a new threat to the Northern spotted owl: the Barred owl. The Barred Owl Removal Plan does nothing to protect Northern spotted owls, but instead attempts to divert focus on protection of Northern spotted owl habitat by scapegoating Barred owls. Not only, however, is the Barred Owl Removal plan immoral, unethical and cruel. Thus is it illegal??

In issuing a scientific collecting permit under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”), 16 U.S.C. §§ 703-712, FWS fails to identify any legitimate reason why the action would help science better understand and conserve the Barred owl. Because the permit is really to allow indiscriminate killing of the owl, it is inconsistent with the intent of the MBTA and the international conventions behind to protect species like the Barred owl, not kill them.

STOP ALL of the killing NOW !...use your brains....murder is NEVER a solution to a "problem" !

Please, please do all that you can to save every barred owl. I can write so many reasons why but sometimes simple is best-it's the right thing to do!!
Thank you for your kind consideration!!!

NO KILLING OF OWLS OF ANY KIND!!!!! NO!!!!!! Cease and desist and consider the great creator and the majesty of all living beings. Save life, never take it. NEVER. thank you.

Now we're in the killing business? To save one species we kill off the other or to manage them (government and HUMANS have a great record on that)? Leave them all alone. This logging provides probably 20 jobs.

One animal is not of greater value than another based on any criteria! If we have fewer Spotted Owls it is due to mankind's interference. The answer is not to kill one species to "protect" another. The answer is to stop our actions that are threatening animals. Leave the Barred Owls alone!

Does anyone remember a big scene made back in 1980 when the then Secretary of the Interior, James Watts, under the Reagan administration, wanted to kill the spotted owl? It was a big debate with logging involved and I'm sure that Watts lost. Is anyone old like me that can refresh my memory?
It was the beginning of the environmental protection issue.

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