The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (passed in 1940) prohibits the “take, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg, unless allowed by permit(16 U.S.C. 668(a); 50 CFR 22). ‘Take’ includes pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, molest or disturb (16 U.S.C. 668c; 50 CFR 22.3). The 1972 amendments increased civil penalties for violating provisions of the Act to a maximum fine of $5,000 or one year imprisonment with $10,000 or not more than two years in prison for a second conviction. Felony convictions carry a maximum fine of $250,000 or two years of imprisonment. The fine doubles for an organization. Rewards are provided for information leading to arrest and conviction for violation of the Act.” Even though eagles are no longer considered endangered, they’re afforded these protections.
The Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Florida Marine Turtle Protection Act protect marine turtles. Coincidentally, the former was passed in the same year as Roe v. Wade, where most rights of the unborn humans were removed. Florida Statutes protect the “take, possession, disturbance, mutilation, destruction, selling, transference, molestation, and harassment of marine turtles, nests or eggs. Protection is also afforded to marine turtle habitat. A specific authorization from Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) staff is required to conduct scientific, conservation, or educational activities that directly involve marine turtles in or collected from Florida, their nests, hatchlings or parts thereof, regardless of applicant’s possession of any federal permit under the Florida Marine Turtle Permit Rule (Chapter 68E-1, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)).”
How should we then live? When our unborn are granted few protections, despite our Declaration of Independence, which clearly states that we are all equal under God and deserving of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As our world becomes increasingly secular, we do not witness increasing rationality. Rather, we witness irrationality, evil, and crimes against humanity. Rather than turning our backs on God, we need to turn BACK to God, our Almighty Creator.
 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (2021). https://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/history/protections.html
 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (2021). https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/wildlife/sea-turtle/protection/