March 14, 2012, - 3:03 pm
You may have seen the news story that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serve is granting a permit to allow the Northern Arapaho Indian Tribe of Wyoming to kill two bald eagles for religious purposes, after the tribe filed suit in federal court, last year. As you probably know, the bald eagle, our national bird, is no longer listed as endangered. However, since 1995 it’s been classified as “threatened” and it’s still off limits, pursuant to federal law.
But here’s what you probably didn’t know: the absurd–and frankly, VERY CREEPY, extent to which our government has gone to accommodate animal rights activists and still allow Indians to practice their faith:
Thousands of Native Americans apply for eagle feathers and carcasses from a federal repository.
Yup, you read that right. In order to allow the Indians to continue to practice their ceremonies involving bald eagle body parts–and at the same time prevent Indians from killing bald eagles–the government maintains a federal repository containing eagle feathers and eagle body parts to which tribal members can apply to take them out, like a library.
Yuck! How sanitary is it for people to use body parts or an eagle carcass that’s been rotting in a repository? Are the eagle bodies refrigerated and specially treated or do they just rot into disintegration? Either way, it can’t be healthy to be near them. And I doubt Indians had any of this in mind when their religion set forth requirements of using freshly killed eagles. It’s ridiculous that we have a storage facility for dead eagles to stop Indians from killing them. Just let ’em shoot the things.
It just goes to show the lengths to which our government will go–and the health risks which it will force Indians to endure–to give in to the demands and shrieks of the animal rights Nazis.
If this isn’t evidence that PETA a/k/a PUTAh (People for the Unethical Treatment of Animals and humans) has won, I don’t know what is.
But with the issuance of this permit, the floodgates are now open. Pursuant to the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, the government can’t prefer one Indian tribe over another. So, look for more of these permits to be issued, after more lawsuits are filed. (I’m surprised the gub’mint made an exception for any religion that doesn’t involve sharia and halal v. haram–which seems to be the only exception to the Establishment Clause.)
I studied “Federal Law of Indian Tribes” in law school, and most Indian tribes are considered sovereign nations. So, they should be able to shoot whatever they want, anyway. That they accept these permits is an act that makes them vulnerable to the long reaches of the federal government. Is that really what they want?
In any event, I hope this means the end of the federal repository of bald eagle parts. I wonder how much that costs to maintain each year.
Time for the curator of the federal eagle carcasses storage unit to get a pink slip.