21 Murdered Birds Need Justice

This February 21 federally protected wading birds, including herons, egrets and ibises, were shot for fun by recent graduates of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md who were enrolled in the Naval Aviation Command in Pensacola, Fla.

Seven people were arrested after the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) responded to shots and saw birds falling from the sky. The charges? Three got felony trespassing and the rest received misdemeanor trespassing, while state and federal charges are still pending.

According to Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), an FWC spokesperson stated, “One of the lieutenants involved in this said that in his 27 years in the job, he had never seen such callous treatment of wildlife. These people were just firing for fun.”

The 21 dead birds in question were federally protected, along with being listed by Florida as “species of special concern.”

The Navy is of course conducting it’s own investigation, but doesn’t want to comment on disciplinary actions. The ALDF is calling for serious action against these individuals, which is definitely conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman.

You Can Help!!!

Please take a minute to thank the FWC for their work along with asking the Navy to take serious action against the men charged in the shooting.



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William C
William C4 months ago

Thanks for caring.

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 5 years ago

That are not a real officer atitude!!

debra b.
Deb Browne6 years ago

Mail bonding at it's worst!

Mary Danforth
Mary Danforrh6 years ago

The actions of men (man ) never cease to amaze me. These men need to be prosecuted to the maximun extent of the law and given classes on animal cruelty and maybe, they will learn a little respect for nature.

Doug Marchel
Gina M6 years ago

These are not HUMAN BEINGS!!! Line them up, shoot them so they cannot reproduce!

Kathryn B.
Kathryn B6 years ago

DISHONORABLE discharge, jail time and MORE accountability for this kind of senseless slaughter. i'm so SICK of reading about this kind of out of control behavior by so many males. Get it together and STOP being so cruel, male humans!!!

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan6 years ago

I thought that the Navy hold themselves to a higher standard.They should be prosecuted.

Katherine W.
Katherine Wright6 years ago

Shot for fun by recent Navel Academy grads???????? Seriously?????? This is highly, highly disturbing. Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law and then some.

This is why I prefer the company of animals over most humans; most humans disgust me.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

Prosecute and more.