Here, my friends, is one of the most absurd examples of our upside-down culture putting the interests of animals not just on a par with but OVER man. This sounds like parody and might be funny if it weren't real, with tragic consequences for real people. Imagine having your roof torn off by federally protected birds!
BARTOW, Fla. -- Residents in a Polk County community are demanding help in getting rid of vultures that are ripping shingles off rooftops and chewing rubber linings of car doors and windows.
City officials said little can be done about the hundreds of black and turkey vultures because they are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
City Attorney Sean Parker said vultures have additional protection under a bird-sanctuary ordinance adopted by Bartow in the 1950s.
Officials said scaring off the vultures could be considered a violation and could result in fees of up to $500 a day.
Too bad Hitchcock isn't around to make a movie about vultures. Better yet, a horror movie about eco-do-gooders trying to get rid of the real menace: people.
Oh wait...the movie came true.
Vultures Ripping Apart Roofs, Chewing Cars