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The Slaughter of Geese -- NYT July 21, 2013

July 21, 2013 | Geese

The New York Times

Re “Agriculture’s Misnamed Agency” (editorial, July 18):

The federal agriculture department’s Wildlife Services, which New York City engages to control our indigenous animals, is indeed misnamed. Resident Canada geese receive anything but service when rounded up in our parks. To date, thousands of geese, parents and youngsters, have been targeted in these cyclical make-work operations —which culminate when the hapless birds are gassed to death.

Wildlife Services’ stated mission — “to resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist” — is what animal advocates do, by providing manuals (like our Canada Goose Habitat Modification Manual) and straightforward advice. Cities and towns that call Wildlife Services resolve nothing, but they do perpetuate a wasteful agency that many animal advocates wish to see dismantled.

New York City’s federally protected Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge no longer protects geese. Hundreds were slaughtered this summer and last. Our city needs leadership that shuns Wildlife Services and respects our natural communities.

EDITA BIRNKRANT

New York Director, Friends of Animals

New York, July 19, 2013

Comments

This rampant "kill baby kill" mentality within tax payer funded government agencies that are supposed to protect our wildlife is REPREHENISBLE and needs to STOP! IT'S THEIR WORLD TOO!

Killing geese is not only horribly cruel, but it is also unnecessary! There are non-violent ways to control geese population. USE THEM!

Mayor Bloomberg SHAME ON U !!!! Every human being who has no respect or
dignity for all GOD's creatures should all b ashamed of themselves today!
I abhor people who treat ALL ANIMALS in an unkind manner. There is a
better way to handle PUTTING ANIMALS DOWN; NOT SLAUGHTERING POOR INNOCENT ANIMALS IN THE CRUELEST OF WAYS. HOW DO U PEOPLE SLEEP AT NIGHT??!!!

Do you know how they're put down? They use gas. What do you think is a better way to put them down?

Yes, the only way. Old age.

I cannot understand the human need to control the population of any species, all animals and birds have as much right to live as humans, it is the humans who need to control their population, as it encroaches more and more into animal habitats, to sustain their living.

Working in a school we teach our children to respect all living things and the environment. We do this to ensure their future. This does not teach or set an example for young students in the world today. What it does teach is no compassion or understanding and that if something is not what we like then get rid of it. Way to go! The world has enough problems don't add anymore.

Geese have a right to life as much as we do!

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