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article imageWounded endangered eagle dies in Philippines

By Aditi Chengappa     Aug 16, 2008 in Environment
A beautiful endangered white-bellied sea eagle was found bleeding from a gunshot wound and has died despite attempts to save it, this is the second rare eagle to be shot in Philippine in two months.
In a report by AP, officials stated that this is the second rare bird to be shot by hunters in the Philippines.
Environment Secretary , Lito Atienza said the wounded eagle was found in a field beside the mountain village of Duale in western Bataan province, and the village officials gave it first aid.
Wildlife officer Mila Ramirez said the eagle died despite attempts by a veterinarian to save it.
Atienza said he has ordered environment officials in the region to track down the killer and file charges.
"The injured bird uttered a loud cry as its body and wings were touched by rescuers," Atienza said in a statement Tuesday. "You can imagine how much cruelty this bird had to endure just so some irresponsible people could have their day."
Just last month, a rare Philippine eagle was shot dead in a national park in southern Bukidon province only four months after it was released back into the wild following treatment for a gunshot wound.
A 22-year old tribal farmer confessed to killing the bird and making soup from the 4-pound (2-kilogram) eagle, saying he thought it was a hawk.
Environment officer Pacoy Que said the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, lists the white-bellied sea eagle as an endangered species not necessarily threatened with immediate extinction but which could become so unless trade is closely controlled.
White bellied Sea Eagle
Birds are supposed to fly free
The bird is indigenous to Southeast Asia. Under Philippine law, killing or inflicting injury on an endangered species is punishable by up to 6 years jail term and fines of up to 500,000 pesos (US$11,300). If the species is "critically endangered" or at high risk of extinction, the jail term is up to 12 years and fines are up to 1 million peso (US$22,600).
It is most painful to read and write such articles, because i realise more and more how little we respect animals and nature on the whole, there is a desperate need for awareness, because reports like these spell cruelty and sheer ignorance.
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