Wednesday, June 24, 2015

USDA Wildlife (Extermination) Services Descends (Again) on New York City Parks


More than 5,000 geese have and continue to die like this one in NYC due to ruthless, barbaric and misguided government actions that have heart for neither beast nor human. (Photo credit: Van Scott, 2014)
The geese crammed into crates await a terrifying journey to slaughter two hours away while USDA congratulate themselves on a job well done. (Photo credit: Goosewatch, NYC, 2014)
Peace disrupted this morning at Inwood Park and now the 24 geese gone.
 
I hadn't read or heard anything about USDA Wildlife Services returning to NYC this year and hopefully wished that perhaps we and the geese might catch a break for once. -- After all, we supposedly had an "Animal Rights" friendly mayor now and USDA already had more than 5,000 dead NYC geese under its belt. 
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Nevertheless, in the past couple of days, I began to get a bad feeling. I posed question in email to a colleague and posted further question yesterday on the Facebook page of "Save the Geese of Inwood Hill Park."
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It didn't take long to get answer.  
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USDA WS descended on Inwood Hill Park this morning to capture all 24 geese there, crowd them into turkey crates and send them via trucks to an upstate slaughtering facility.
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The only reason we know of the early morning carnage is because one woman took it upon herself to courageously patrol the park and capture photos and video:
  
Witnessing the geese captured, crammed into crates and frantically sticking their heads out was obviously traumatic for the woman, particularly knowing their fate.  
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Apparently, Connie and/or Goosewatch, NYC  https://www.facebook.com/GooseWatchNYC?fref=ts  contacted some media.  So far, The Daily News is reporting the story, but with the familiar "airline safety" excuse.  -- This despite the fact that Inwood Park is six miles from the nearest airport and all 24 geese were currently flightless and "threat" to nothing:
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It's all like a horror movie that keeps repeating year after a year or some grotesque record stuck in a groove. 
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Personally, I am at loss what to say about this that hasn't already been said in this blog hundreds of times before.
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Such actions are barbaric, senseless, wasteful  and diminish us as human beings.
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But, apparently no one is listening.
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The roundup and slaughter of the Inwood Park geese represents but a small part of the USDA WS actions in NYC.  Before finally leaving in a few weeks, it is likely hundreds of geese will be similarly captured by WS and sent on terrifying, miserable journeys to slaughter two hours away. But virtually none of it will be recorded or reported. Few people are actually plugged into what is happening and even fewer seem to care.
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One could of course argue, "There are plenty of geese right now! Too many in fact!"
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I wonder if they said the same things about eastern cougars a century ago? (Apparently they did, according to the killing programs on those animals who were "threat" to livestock.)
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Of course, we don't have to worry about eastern cougars now. They have even been removed from The Endangered Species List.
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That is because they are now extinct.
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One wonders if the same will be true of Canada geese one day?
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What is "threat" today is gone tomorrow.
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And when once, finally gone, there is no need for worry or for tears.
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We simply go on, sensing something is "missing" from our lives, but not having the damndest clue what.  -- PCA
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