A big story came across the wires today out of South Dakota: 15 people were charged with trafficking of eagle parts and illegally selling them.
Federal officials in South Dakota said Monday that 15 people have been indicted for illegally trafficking eagles and other migratory birds after a two-year undercover operation potentially involving hundreds of birds.
U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler said that officials expect “significant” additional federal charges in the case, which focused on trafficking of eagles and eagle parts and feathers for profit. Authorities said the case involves more than 100 eagles, a number that could climb as high as 250.
Seiler described one operation as basically a “chop-shop for eagles” in which eagle feathers were stuffed into garbage bags. He said it was clear that it was a moneymaking operation and that the feathers and eagle parts such as talons and beaks were treated as merchandise.
“There was no cultural sensitivity. There was no spirituality,” Seiler said. “There was no tradition in the manner in which these defendants handled these birds.”
This sounds horrible. The article goes on to describe that birds were mostly shot and then sold for parts.
Without taking away from the severity of what these traffickers did, it’s not hard to make the parallel case for those who have been publicly caught illegally trafficking the body parts of human babies. Remember the Center for Medical Progress videos? Let’s not forget that Planned Parenthood and their business partners treated the preborn babies and their body parts as merchandise, just as these eagle traffickers did to birds.
— David Daleiden (@daviddaleiden) April 25, 2017
Another unwelcome parallel is the price of the what was being trafficked:
Fairbanks, 54, allegedly sold or traded eagle parts to an informant including a golden eagle head for $250, a trade involving about $5,400 of legal merchandise for eagle parts and selling two sets of eagle wings for $900. Rolince said that a whole eagle carcass would generally sell for between $1,000 and $1,200.
The indictment says Fairbanks in 2015 claimed he could acquire between 30 and 40 eagles by February 2016. Fairbanks also said in 2015 that he had 19 people in the Los Angeles area who wanted to buy “eagle feathers/parts” from him, according to the document.
How much did baby body parts go for? This is a chart from the Daily Signal, who compiled the numbers based on the reports from the Select Panel on Infant Lives, who investigated the baby parts for-profit scheme of Planned Parenthood and their partners.
And yet, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion vendor, who committed 323,999 abortions in their last year reported, remains fully funded by the U.S. Government to the tune of over half a billion dollar a year.
The U.S. Attorney General needs to prosecute Planned Parenthood immediately and Congress needs to keep their promise to defund Planned Parenthood. Sign a petition to defund PP at www.sockit2PP.com.