Today I spotted a birds of prey show and it made me so sad and angry. A group of people gathered round to watch a falconry show and didn’t seemed unfazed by the tethered, shivering birds. Some people may find these shows harmless and entertainment but I can’t help but condemn the treatment of these animals. These birds are wild and should be kept so, not kept chained and tethered., unable to fly free and soar the skies that is the birthright of every bird, These creatures belong in the wild.
The first bird I spotted was an eagle, it looks cold, and miserable with it’s legs chained to the post. This magnificent creature was getting wet in the rain and had an unmistakable look of sadness in it’s eyes. I didn’t manage to get a picture of this poor creature as by the second time I went up for pictures it had been moved.
This bird is wearing something called a hood that is used for keeping the animals ‘calm’ and ensure the the bird is alert when the falconer needs it, it basically covers their eyes.
This device looks restrictive and uncomfortable and more like a torture device than something used to keep the bird calm.
This cute little owl was shivering, and according to a little research owls are strongly recommended not to be the tethered, it’s even frowned upon in the falconry online community. This owl was swaying from one foot to the other it looked like it was either uncomfortable or cold.
Three more birds were in an open enclosement, getting wet on from the rain, according to the welfare guidelines these birds should be kept out of these weather conditions.
This is a practice that goes back far in history and was a very popular sport in medieval Europe, a time where human and animal cruelty was rife, giving more indication that falconry is something that should be left in the past. Falconry is illegal in some parts of the world and I wish this was widespread.
PETA condemns falconry as does as does The League Against Cruel Sports that believes that in the interest of raptor welfare no further licenses should be issued and that this blood sport should be banned.
What are your opinions on falconry? Should it be banned?