AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Members of People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals say Auburn University should end its pre-game tradition
of bald eagle flights after it crashed into a stadium luxury box.
Lindsay Pollard-Post of the PETA Foundation said screaming fans
and other sounds of a football game can terrify animals.
She outlined her concerns in a letter to the Montgomery
Advertiser, saying that animals aren't performers and don't deserve
to be frightened or hurt "just so we can have a momentary
Jamie Bellah, director of AU's Southeastern Raptor Center, said
he's not sure why 14-year-old Spirit careened into the luxury box
window during Saturday's Auburn-Mississippi State game.
Bellah told the Opelika-Auburn News that the center has a
federal permit allowing eagle flights as a form of public outreach.
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