Fourth of July just passed and I wanted to celebrate in a big way. I didn't want hot dogs or hamburgers. No steaks or potato salad. I wanted to eat the most patriotic thing I could think of. BALD EAGLE!
Then came the dilemma. How does one acquire some bald eagle? The simple answer. You can't. I looked on amazon.com and on eBay after I tried finding a butcher or exotic meats vendor. Well, bald eagle is a little too exotic. It turns out that it is illegal to buy bald eagle meat because........... it is illegal to hunt bald eagles!
Conservation groups that raise the birds from hatchlings are no help either. Apparently, they only raise them to release them into the wild, and are not a 'farm' that will sell a bird to a private citizen for the purpose of consumption.
It's not like I was trying to buy crack, or traffic a human being, or do something insane. I just wanted to taste freedom and have the patriotism course through my veins and digestive system.
I even had ideas on how to dress and prepare the bird. Rotisserie with an orange sauce. Deep fried with cajun spices. Baked and stuffed with sausage and corn bread.