Boston College eagle ruffles feathers

A bald eagle from Zoo New England stretches its wings before the start of an NCAA college football game between Boston College and Villanova, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Boston. A live bald eagle with serve as a mascot for Boston College as the team plays its home football games this season. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
Professional handlers control BC’s bald eagle mascot during appearances at Alumni Stadium. AP

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A live eagle has landed again as the Boston College football mascot, but an animal rights group likens its attendance at Alumni Stadium to cruel and unusual punishment.

And that has nothing to do with the indignity of watching a costumed eagle cavort around the sidelines.

“Boston College just flunked Ethics 101 by teaching students that it’s fine to exploit, disrespect, and terrify animals,” said Delcianna Winders, an official with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

PETA asked the US Fish & Wildlife Service on Monday to investigate whether BC is abiding by the law. The last eagle to survey the BC sideline died 47 years ago from a virus.

On the surface, a US wildlife agent said, BC appears to have a legal eagle.

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