Thursday, August 15, 2013

When Geese Fly, Turkeys Die at Hands of USDA WS and Gutless Politicians

Cago yesterday at Harlem Meer.  Her fate and that of thousands of other NYC Canada geese and wild turkeys of Staten Island may lie in this year's upcoming city elections.
National Turkey (Slaughter) Park
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How does USDA Wildlife Extermination Services get its jollies when geese are flying?
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Apparently by capturing and sending to slaughter, wild turkeys living in Staten Island:
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This is particularly ironic considering that the turkeys were "removed" (USDA's favorite word for slaughtered wildlife) from Staten Island's "National Turkey Park:"
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The Department of Fish and Wildlife invites people to come "enjoy and photograph the fauna, wildlife and turkeys" of National Turkey Park while leaders of the nearby psychiatric center sign secret contracts with USDA for slaughter of the very wildlife being promoted and for whom the park was named after.
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This story has generated much media coverage, high reader comment to articles and so far, one protest.
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Please go to (27) GooseWatch NYC  and (61) Call of the Canada Geese  for the latest in news links and developments.
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But, here is the bottom line:
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Whether a community park, a "Wildlife Refuge" or a "National Turkey Park" one can never be assured that the wildlife being touted and promoted is actually protected.
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USDA Wildlife Extermination Services respects nothing of wing, fin or hoof where there is secret contract to sign and dollars to be made from euphemism, propaganda and massacre.
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Turkeys Can't Vote, Geese Can't Vote, But Humans Can.
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While animals cannot vote, protest or contribute to political campaigns, humans can.
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There are few NYC politicians who have had the gumption and heart to speak out against New York City's ruthless and shameful slaughters of our Canada geese.
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But, one who has is currently running for New York City Public Advocate.
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Letitia James was one of only two politicians (the other was Eric Adams) who spoke eloquently and passionately against the hideous roundup and gassing of Prospect Parks's 352 geese at the "Hands Across the Lake" rally and memorial for the geese in 2010.
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Ms. James deserves the vote and support of every New Yorker who cares about protecting the geese and other wildlife in New York City.
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To learn more about Letitia James tune into the debate tonight hosted on NY1 and please be sure to vote in the upcoming primary next month and November election. 
The ultimate fates of thousands of New York City Canada geese and dozens of wild turkeys of Staten Island's "National Turkey Park" may well depend on it.  -- PCA
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