pOn August 12 13, the USDA Wildlife Services Division made a href=”http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/08/staten_island_protesters_take.html”an unannounced roundup of wild turkeys/a at the South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island NY. nbsp;The permits to roundup the birds for slaughter were issued by the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation. nbsp;About 50 members of the public who learned about the roundup were there to protest./ppFriends of Animals issued the following condemnation:/pp style=”margin-left: 40px;”Singling out the Wildlife Services division of USDA for its routine mass slaughters of wildlife, including Canada geese in New York City, the organization#39;s New York director, Edita Birnkrant, said this grotesque agency should be checked into a [psychiatric] ward, not slaughtering wild turkeys on the property of one in Staten Island. Congress should defund and shut down this ineffective, monstrous agency, which exists to kill, kill, kill./pp style=”margin-left: 40px;”She continued: The flimsy reasons given for such an assault in native wildlife echo the empty rhetoric used to justify Canada goose massacres: Claims of excessive fecal matter on the walks, ground and property. The South Beach Psychiatric Center has a responsibility to maintain and properly clean the grass and grounds, and that includes droppings from wildlife and other animals./pp style=”margin-left: 40px;”There#39;s no excuse for these kinds of violent actions towards urban wildlife, and the public is increasingly fed up with such a mean spirited, intolerant attitude, Ms. Birnkrant said. /p