Animal rights group sues to stop killing of barred owls



SACRAMENTO, Ca. — An animal rights group has sued to stop the federal government from killing barred owls in the Northwest, a plan put in place to save to spotted owl.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento by Friends of Animals.

It states the plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to kill 3,600 barred owls violates the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The act requires that any killing of birds for research must benefit the bird that is killed, and in this case the experiment benefits another bird, the spotted owl.