Target: Chief Shelley Zimmerman, San Diego Police Department
Goal: Launch full investigation into the fatal shooting of an endangered parrot in Ocean Beach.
Residents of Ocean Beach are outraged by the recent fatal shooting of an endangered parrot. The rare bird, a lilac crowned Amazon parrot, was killed by a BB gun. This particular species of parrot has an extremely loud call that has recently been the subject of community complaints; some have theorized that the bird was shot by someone angered by the noise. The parrot was found suffering from a wing injury on the beach, and died overnight in the care of a local parrot rescue organization, SoCal Parrot. The parrot is not the first in the area to fall victim to a shooting; the rescue organization claims to have seen two this year, and multiple similar instances in years past.
The lilac crowned Amazon is a stunning parrot characterized by its beautiful green coloring and distinctive call. These birds are federally listed as endangered, and have suffered dramatic losses as a result of habitat loss and other human impacts. Though endemic to Mexico, there are surviving populations of lilac crowned Amazon in many suburban areas of California, such as Ocean Beach.
Because the species’ numbers are so limited, the death of this individual represents a major loss. The manner of its death — prolonged, painful and violent — adds an additional layer of horror to the crime. The killing of an endangered animal is a grave offense that demands swift punishment. Urge the police department of San Diego to respond to the killing of this endangered bird in a manner befitting the situation’s seriousness.
Dear Chief Zimmerman,
Recently, a rare, endangered bird known as a lilac crowned Amazon parrot was killed in Ocean Beach. Cruelly shot down by a BB gun, the bird suffered overnight before dying in the care of a local parrot rescue organization. This loss of this animal is a tragedy — not only because of the trauma it endured and the senselessness of its killing, but because it belonged to a species that is dying out.
This parrot is not the first to be shot down this year in Ocean Beach. The killing of an an endangered animal is a grave offense that demands the swift and serious punishment. We, the undersigned, urge you to respond to this crime in a manner appropriate to its gravity. Please launch a full investigation into this matter and bring the shooter of this rare bird to justice.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Steve Wilson