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PETA Calling For Investigation Of BC’s Live Eagle Mascot

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Fans are allowed to take a photo with the BC eagle mascot during home games. (Credit: Boston College)

Fans are allowed to take a photo with the BC eagle mascot during home games. (Credit: Boston College)

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BOSTON (CBS) —The live bald eagle has returned as the Boston College football mascot this season.

Now, animal rights group PETA wants to make sure it’s legal.

PETA is asking officials to investigate if BC has all the permits necessary for the eagle.

A U.S. Wildlife agent says it appears BC has done everything right.

In a statement from BC to WBZ-TV, the school says the live mascot is a teaching tool about wildlife conservation and is in no danger.

“Boston College entered into an agreement with Zoo New England and the World Bird Sanctuary to host an eagle during home football games this year, during which experienced handlers from Zoo New England and the World Bird Sanctuary make presentations to fans regarding the importance of wildlife conservation. The eagle does not fly in or around the stadium and is not exposed to the risk of becoming disoriented. The World Bird Sanctuary has assured us that it has been issued all necessary federal and state permits to have the eagle in its possession and to display it in this educational manner. The safety and wellbeing of the eagle remains the priority of all groups involved.”

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