Noting that of the over 3,300 birds rehabilitated at BRRC, 54 percent were able to regain health and return to the sky, Professor Zheng added, "BRRC applies advanced animal welfare standards to rescue and rehabilitation of birds of prey, making a significant contribution to wildlife conservation in China.
Knowing that the raptors will have the best care and individualized treatment at BRRC gives peace of mind to wildlife law enforcement officers who are fighting illegal wildlife trade," said Wang Minzhong, Director of Beijing Wildlife Protection Station and a staunch supporter of BRRC since its inception.
At the ceremony he unveiled his latest work -- a sculpture of a golden eagle in honour of BRRC, which will be permanently installed at BNU.
Accepting the statue on behalf of BRRC, Professor Zheng expressed his hope that the golden eagle currently recuperating at BRRC will be healthy and strong enough to fly in the sky.
With the land speculation binge in the 1980s, the little plots of essentially rent-free land that the BRRC used as collection points were quickly scooped up to be used for all sorts of more profitable real estate investments.
As quickly as the BRRC network disappeared, migrants began replacing it with a new, far more dynamic, labor-intensive network that serviced these businesses.
Since 1998, however, the municipal administration, with the BRRC taking the lead, seems to have a new goal: to get a share of the profits from the recycling industry.
By 1997 the BRRC employed fewer than 2,000 full time workers (with 2,000 early retirees on payroll) down from over 12,000 in 1990; collection points had fallen from over 2,000 to just 6; tonnage processed fell from over 60,000 to less than 14,000 while types of materials handled fell from 21 to only 5 (Hou 1999).
The formation of the BRRC displays collective leadership and the necessary commitment to solve the problems threatening not just America's Energy Coast, but coastal communities everywhere.
The BRRC will strive to achieve the following goals: