Memo to USDA: Killing Accomplishes Nothing
Announcement: We're Getting Political for Animals!
After monitoring Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx for several weeks, we were less
than surprised when the USDA admitted to slaughtering 27 geese molting there
this summer. 157 geese were rounded up there in 2010, and 26 more in 2011. Last
week, GooseWatchers reported DOZENS of geese in Van Cortlandt Park. So in
addition to being egregiously cruel, killing is clearly ineffective, and this
park is only one example of many! Read more in this terrific article "Living
With Canada Geese" by Kim Gold.
Important Updates: Political Action
At our last strategy meeting we agreed that with the upcoming NYC elections on
September 10, political action is our most pressing and top priority.
1. Anybody But Quinn
We agreed that Christine Quinn - who is leading polls - cannot be elected as
mayor. Not only does Quinn support the killing of NYC's geese, as City Council
Speaker she has blocked all meaningful animal welfare reforms, even refusing to
bring a popular bill up for a vote that would require sprinklers in pet stores
after a series of fires killed hundreds of animals. NYCLASS and Defeat Christine
Quinn are working hard to make sure the next mayor is more friendly to animal
issues and they need our help, please view these websites for more information
and sign up today:
ALERT: TOMORROW - NYCLASS is hosting an organizing meeting and training for
volunteers, as well as hiring campaign organizers and canvassers for now through
Election Day. Send resumes to email@example.com and RSVP for tomorrow's meeting
2. Animal Friendly Candidates for City Council
We're grateful to Yetta Kurland and Helen Rosenthal, candidates for NYC Council
who have announced their support for GooseWatch NYC and our efforts, you can
read their statements on our website. These are impressive individuals who have
a history of supporting animals and now we must help ensure their election to
NYC Council. Please sign up to volunteer - even an hour or two will make a big
Yetta Kurland: www.yettakurland.com/volunteer
Helen Rosenthal: www.helenrosenthal.com/volunteer
We will be working on these campaigns until the Primary Election on Sept. 10,
2013. After that date, we will resume our attention to other agenda items. If
you have never gotten involved in political action, now is the time. It's not
difficult work but it's very important. You can also help by tabling or flyering
at festivals and parks, and other public events for the remainder of the summer.
We need your help.
So far this year we successfully organized ourselves throughout the city, which
led to capturing USDA roundups in NYC parks in action on video and photo on
three separate occasions. Added with our press conference announcing support
from aviation expert Ken Paskar, we helped bring public exposure to the issue.
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us along - we're gaining momentum.
The battle doesn't end when the roundups do. We have a big task ahead of us, and
especially if you live in the five boroughs, we need your help.