Help Raptors, Stop the Illegal Killing

Thousands of protected raptors such as Cooper’s Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, and Red-tailed Hawks are being killed each year by hobbyists who raise pigeons for flying competitions. Currently, killing a protected bird is a Class B Misdemeanor under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which puts suffocating a Peregrine Falcon in the same category as unauthorized use of the image of Smokey Bear. It is time to update the nearly century old Migratory Bird Treaty Act to treat illegal killing of protected bird species with the seriousness that these crimes deserve.

Please ask your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor HR 4093, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Penalty and Enforcement Act of 2007, to ensure raptors and other migratory birds are given adequate protection.