Today, few people fail to recognize the importance of birds of prey such as eagles, hawks and owls. All of these birds are protected by conservation laws today, but it was not always the case.
We came across a 1936 publication of the Emergency Conservation Commission (New York) titled “Framing” The Birds of Prey, by Davis Quinn. This fifth edition was a revision of the original 1929 publication. At the time, birds of prey were routinely hunted because it was believed they were responsible for a reduction in game birds and they preyed on domestic fowl. The author noted that “… especially since the war [WWI], these birds have been the victims of the propaganda of sportsmen’s associations and magazines….”
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