capture, torture, and killing of
condors for the Yawar Festivals.
The Andean Condor population
continues to decline in the wild, in
part because their slow reproductive
rate cannot keep up with their
losses. Some experts estimate that
there are only 1300 condors left in
the wild, and without help they
could disappear within 25 years.
There is an active effort to breed
and release these huge birds to
prevent their continued decline.
Thus it is absurdly irresponsible to
continue to add to the condor's
decline by allowing these festivals.
The festival could continue by using
a non-living symbol like a fake
condor instead of a live bird to be
injured or killed. When an
endangered species continues to
decline, every member of the
breeding population is infinitely
valuable to the survival of that
species. This torture, injuring, and
even killing of Andean Condors must
be stopped immediately.