Target: Marion County Chairman Stan McClain
Goal: Save bald eagles from poisoning through alleged irresponsible disposal of euthanized animals at landfill.
Bald eagles in Florida are being poisoned to death after allegedly feeding on dead animals that had been euthanized at an animal shelter and disposed of at a nearby landfill, according to recent reports. This is a despicable endangerment of this beautiful bird and countless other creatures that could be entirely avoided. Demand that the animal shelter begin cremating its euthanized animals instead of throwing them in the landfill and exposing bald eagles to the harmful drugs used to euthanize them.
For years, bald eagles have been found near death at Baseline Landfill in Florida’s Marion county. Toxicology investigations of the eagles revealed that they had been poisoned by high levels of phenobarbital in their systems, a drug that slows the activity of the brain and the nervous system and that is commonly used to euthanize animals. The Marion County Animal Shelter, which is located next to the landfill, is now under suspicion of dumping euthanized animals at the landfill and introducing the deadly drug into the natural food chain. This allegation would explain how the bald eagles were poisoned by this otherwise uncommon drug.
Tragically, of the two most recent eagles rescued at the landfill and put on life support, one has already died. The other is recovering but is still in great danger. Sign the petition below to make sure this never happens again by demanding that the Marion County Animal Shelter cremate the animals it euthanizes.
Dear Chairman McClain,
I am writing you today about allegations that have been leveled against the Marion County Animal Shelter by the Animis Foundation. The foundation suspects that bald eagles have been poisoned after feeding on euthanized animals that the shelter has improperly disposed of in a landfill.
The evidence seems to support this allegation. Eagles have been found at the landfill in question distressed and near death for years, and those that have been tested displayed high levels of phenobarbital in their systems—a drug commonly used by animal hospitals and shelters to euthanize animals. The simplest possible explanation for this is that the Marion County Animal Shelter, which is next to the landfill, has been disposing of animals euthanized with phenobarbital in the landfill, and that the bald eagles have been eating them and getting sick as a result.
If in fact the allegations against the Marion County Animal Shelter are true, the shelter is responsible for subjecting these bald eagles and, in all likelihood, other animals that use the landfill as a food source, to undue harm and death. I demand that you fix this by ensuring that the shelter cremates the animals it euthanizes from now on.
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