Protect Migrating Birds from Unnecessary Death


Target: South Carolina Representative Jeff Duncan

Goal: Prevent the undermining of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the protection of over a thousand bird species.

Representative Jeff Duncan is trying to remove protections for migratory birds that are vulnerable to being killed by human constructions. He passed an amendment in the budget for Commerce, Justice, and Science that would prevent federal prosecutors from enforcing the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This means that wind turbine companies that are responsible for killing over 500,000 birds a year would be let off scot-free and would then allow this death toll to double by 2030. Tell Jeff Duncan that hundreds of thousands of birds a year cannot die for the sake of saving big companies from blame and payment.

In 2013 Duke Energy, a producer of wind energy through turbines, were let off on charges for murdering 14 golden eagles and 149 other protected birds in the state of Wisconsin. Power lines are annually responsible for the death of 174 million birds, while communication towers kill anywhere between 4 million and up to 50 million birds per year. Windows of large buildings and stadiums murder 100 million birds every year, with some estimates as high as nearly one billion, and disposal sites for gas and oil companies are regularly responsible for the death of migratory birds.

If this amendment is passed to prevent federal enforcement of the MBTA, then all of these companies will face no responsibility or consequence for the massive genocide of migratory birds. Sign our petition to get this amendment removed.


Dear South Carolina State Representative Jeff Duncan,

I believe you should seriously reconsider your support of the new rider in the budget for Commerce, Justice, and Science concerning the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. If federal prosecutors are not able to enforce the MBTA, then millions of birds per year will die without any consequence or prevention.

While green energy is important as well as the support of successful American businesses, it is equally important to protect native migrating species, especially endangered species such as the golden eagle. Two years ago, Duke Energy killed 14 golden eagles as well as 149 other protected birds in Wisconsin because of their uncovered and unsupervised wind turbines. However, the company has yet to receive any form of punishment.

If this rider continues to stay in place, the number of birds murdered in wind turbine rotors could double by the year 2030. Every one of these deaths are a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but none of that will matter if it is unable to be enforced. Please remove the rider amendment to the budget and modify it so that these precious migratory birds will be protected.


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