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?
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.
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.