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Tell Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Council to Stop killing the geese!

 
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Tell Mayor Bloomberg And The New York City Council:

Stop Killing Geese!

Submit the form at this link to automatically fax the Mayor and City Council

Scroll down for info on our big August 12 City Hall demo!

On July 8, a peaceful flock of geese in Prospect Park was cruelly annihilated. 400 geese,
 including goslings born in the spring, were trapped with nets, bound up with plastic
garbage ties, and carted off to mobile gas chambers where they slowly suffocated. The
job was carried out with no public notice by the Wildlife Services division of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, under a contract with the city of New York and the Port
Authority.

Click to view new IDA video!And what was their alleged crime to receive such a death sentence? Some experts claim that large populations of geese are a threat to human health and safety. In particular, there are claims that they pose a danger to airline safety.

But the Prospect Park geese, and those in other NYC parks and waterways, have nothing to do with the geese who flew into the US Airways flight that was downed on January, 2009. Those were migratory geese, traveling at 5,000 feet. Local geese (classified as resident geese), don’t fly as far or as high. The distinction was made using DNA analysis of the feather remains. Killing local geese does nothing for airline safety!

Since the Prospect Park killings have been exposed, the news media has reported that
approximately 1,700 geese at locations throughout the city have been killed in the
past year. Now the USDA has revealed a plan to kill roughly two-thirds of the goose
population in New York State - approximately 170,000 birds!

There are humane ways to manage geese populations

For years, animal-protection groups have reached out to the city with information about
humane control of Canada geese - information that was ignored in favor of the USDA’s
extermination plan.

Geese_Canadian_jpgGeese populations can and should be reduced and managed using
a wide range of non-lethal methods such as habitat modification, egg
addling (which blocks embryo development), dissuasive measures - like
border collies and netting - and Ovocontrol, which is a USDA-approved
birth control drug for use in geese.

Safe skies for people and geese

To help avoid collisions between planes and birds, airports must install the latest radar
detection systems. According to Mike Begier, the national coordinator of the Airport
Wildlife Hazards Program, radar detection methods have been available since 2006, but
are not being used at NYC airports. And according to the National Transportation Safety
Board, aircraft engines can be designed to withstand impact from larger birds, like geese.
The technology exists. It just isn’t being used.

Help us demand humane treatment of geese in NYC. Speak out now to stop this
senseless mass extermination!

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  • Submit the form on this page to automatically send a fax to the Mayor and the entire city council.
  • Contact USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack at 202-720-3631. Request that the USDA Division of Wildlife Services incorporate a comprehensive, non-lethal management plan
    in place of its reprehensible mass extermination.
  • Join our Rally at New York City Hall! - Thursday August 12
     at noon.

For more information, please contact In Defense of Animals: Barbara@idausa.org

Submit the form at this link to send your fax to:

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