When are We going to learn the Lesson?

It’s so upsetting and heartbreaking to hear another news of a dead Philippine Eagle. We have the power and resources to stop and prevent killings of these creatures with enough will and right implementation of law. But it is a mistake the Philippines had done over and over again. When are we going to learn? The moment when realization hits us with the fact that we no longer have the treasure we are blessed with? How many animals do we have to recklessly kill before we take proper actions?

Photo by Pete Simpson
Photo by Pete Simpson

Her name was Pamana, a Philippine Eagle who was freed on the 12th of June 2015, the mark of our independence day. I guess they freed her on the same day as a metaphor. She was rescued years ago after they found her wounded and has taken care of her since then before they released her again to the wild. But just after two months, her tracker went dead stick meaning that Pamana’s gone. A shot in her  breast took her life.

Photo by Philippine Eagle Foundation
Photo by Philippine Eagle Foundation

Nothing is more disappointing and humiliating than to see another critically endangered specie in the news getting killed when we, humans, are the ones supposed to take care of them. Animals who do nothing but hover above, keep an eye and guard the land we take for granted.

Do we always have to be first handedly demonstrated before we learn the lesson?

Let us all bear in mind that by protecting our animals not only do we conserve them as a specie, we also hand the gift down to the next generation. I we completely lose them, what treasure could we bestow on our children?

It sure doesn’t take a genius to keep hands in our pockets and not shoot each flying bird we see above.



Author: Danica Aquino

Tied the knot with performing arts since fourth grade; is an amateur writer (currently on her quest to writing her first novel); book and animal lover; always entranced by nature.

4 thoughts on “When are We going to learn the Lesson?”

  1. I have read may other articles about her too. And I quote one of them, “pamana was killed by the person who thinks he can kill anything.” Pamana wasn’t killed due to poverty. Pamana was killed as sport. The similar way Cecil was killed. They were killed for fun. 90 percent of Philippine eagles who were released into wild after rehabilitation are shot. This isn’t poverty. This is simply sport. And that’s why we need to educate people about it.

    Yeah there should be better law and order. But why people kill for fun in first place.
    Ever heard of Namibia? If u ever get time then browse the word “Pride of Namibia” over YouTube. And that’s the answer to your question, which you have put in title of your post.

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  2. I don’t think law can do much. It’s a failure of education system not the law. People aren’t sensitive to these issues. Cecil the lion and this poor eagle are just two examples.
    We as humans failed to teach our children about compassion towards mother nature. We failed to teach them about value of water, trees and animals. Better were those who lived thousands of years ago. They worshipped sun, water and animals. They worshipped trees.
    Law can make sure that guilty gets the tough punishment. But the crime is done before law comes into action. We can’t stop anyone from killing any animal by law. We can stop them by sensitising them about mother nature. And we can start it from the children of our society.

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    1. Education is there. Though we all should probably think of a more effective and innovative campaign to raise awareness. It’s honestly not the ignorance that kills these animals but the need to earn profit from exploitation of natural resources. In shorter words poverty, If not out of insanity. If you read the article I provided the link above, Pamana was shot in a UNESCO world heritage site. The place should be even protected in the first place, the question is how did an armed person able to have access? There must be someone out there, surely, tasked to guard the forest and its range from outsiders and poachers, but what did they do instead of doing their job? Its either lack of commitment to protecting the wild or lack of funding.

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