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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 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:

Helen Rosenthal:


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.






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