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A local animal rights group says it had nothing to do with a rash of
vandalism at the Festival of Hawks at Holiday Beach conservation area
in Amherstburg over the weekend.
"The Windsor Animal Action Group (WAAG) in no way endorses illegal
acts that result in the damaging of property," WAAG spokesman Dan
MacDonald said Monday of the willful damaging of 25 expensive
"We feel really bad about it."
Organizers of the annual event arrived before dawn Saturday to find
their bird blinds had been raided and the specialized nets chopped
down and their supporting poles snapped.
The birding community uses the two-day event to assist environmental
and natural scientists at the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory in
banding birds and collecting data for federal and provincial agencies
studying bird migratory patterns.
On Friday at Erie Wildlife Rescue a cage containing a rescued bald
eagle that had been nursed back to health and was to be released
during the Festival of Hawks was opened and the bird was gone.
Organizers suspected the two incidents are connected and may be the
work of animal rights activists but MacDonald said that's not the