Saturday, March 19, 2011

"NYC Geese in Peril --Two Ways You Can Help" Message from In Defense of Animals

The below is a message from In Defense of Animals.  Please read carefully and take suggested actions.  This is critical to saving the geese:
NYC Geese In Peril - Two Ways You Can Help

1) Contact NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to cancel the contract with USDA

2) Attend "Hands Around the Lake" event in Prospect Park, Brooklyn,
Saturday, March 26, 12:30 p.m., Prospect Park Lake, Enter at Vanderbilt
Street & Prospect Park SW

Join with members of "For the Love of Prospect Park Geese" as they demand
the city end its contract to slaughter hundreds more of our beloved NYC
geese and their goslings. Special guest speakers include State Senator Eric
Adams and NYC Councilmember Letitia James.
For more information contact Mary Beth:

Tell Mayor Bloomberg To Cancel City's Contract With USDA To Kill Geese

Many New Yorkers are aware of the infamous killing of 368 Canada geese and
their goslings at Prospect Park last summer, but what they don't know is
that hundreds of New York City geese remain imperiled and are likely to be
killed this summer, unless the city cancels its contract with the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Prospect Park killings last summer were merely the tip of the iceberg.
Under its contract with the Wildlife Services Division of the USDA, more
than 1,600 Canada geese were rounded up and gassed throughout NYC in the
summer of 2010, in addition to 1,200 geese who were killed in the same
manner in 2009. Over 2,800 Canada geese have been cruelly exterminated at
dozens of parks and grassy spaces throughout NYC in just the past two years.

The city claims the geese are killed to make air travel safer, but killing
geese is not the answer. Geese repopulate the areas where they've been
removed, proving the futility of this method.

DNA analysis of the feathers found in the engine of the US Airways flight
that collided with a flock of geese in 2009 showed that these Canada geese
were migratory and not residential. Canada geese inhabiting the city's parks
and grassy areas are typically non-migratory, making any plan to kill geese
throughout the city even more absurd and fruitless. The mass killing must

Use the form at this link to send a fax to NYC Mayor Bloomberg right now.
Ask that he cancel the city's contract with USDA to kill Canada geese this
spring. Ask that the city use proven and effective non-lethal methods for
dealing with geese and other birds.

To double the effectiveness of your message, cut-and-paste it into the
mayor's comment form at his web site. We have printed a sample letter below,
which you can cut-and-paste into the mayor's web form, then personalize.

Triple the impact of your message by calling the mayor: 212-788-3000 or 311.

Sample letter (for maximum effectiveness, please personalize! Please mention
if you live, work, or vacation in New York City.)

Dear Mayor Bloomberg:
I join the thousands of New Yorkers who request that New York City
immediately cancel any current or future plans to kill Canada geese. Only
humane methods should be used to control Canada geese.

Killing Canada geese in the name of air safety is inherently nonsensical.
The city's current geese annihilation plan has not been effective; new geese
have quickly moved in each year to replace those killed. Repopulation with
new flocks of Canada geese is inevitable, totally undermining the
effectiveness at reducing their numbers. More important, it is clear that
these repeated killings do not limit the traffic of Canada geese in the air,
and most likely just increase it.

New York City needs to do what many other major cities around the world are
doing to keep airports safe from potential bird strikes, such as employing
proven dissuasive tactics that keep birds out of the pathways of aircraft.
Habitat modification is being used successfully to discourage populations of
geese from colonizing the area. Geese numbers can be humanely reduced using
proven birth control developed especially for use in Canada geese.

I ask you to please immediately cancel this senseless killing of hundreds of
Canada geese and work with experts in non-lethal methods to come up with a
plan that is humane and effective.


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