Please Vote - Don't Slaughter Staten Island's Turkeys (Quick Online Poll)
If you are a resident of Staten Island (or anywhere in New York - your tax dollars funded the previous slaughter of Staten Island's turkeys), please VOTE in this online POLL posted by the Staten Island Advance AGAINST slaughtering the turkeys:
Below is the link -
Last summer, GooseWatch NYC members witnessed USDA Wildlife Services round up and slaughter dozens of turkeys living in Staten Island. The contract between USDA Wildlife Services and South Beach Psychiatric Center cost taxpayers $16,000 to kill approximately 120 turkeys, but nothing has been accomplished! We have worked to prevent a repeat slaughter from occurring - hundreds still roam the area to this day. Read more.
Although the Staten Island Advance framed the issue well, and acknowledged the crucial role that Catskill Animal Sanctuary played in rescuing 28 turkeys from certain death, their op-ed did not offer much of a "pro-turkey" argument. GooseWatch NYC has heard from many residents of Staten Island and beyond who value the turkeys and do not believe they should be slaughtered. The community wants to be involved in the decision making process.
There are alternative strategies that were not included in the poll or mentioned in the article. The DEC has been privately discussing how to address complaints about the turkeys for years. In this time, how many eggs have been oiled to prevent more turkeys from hatching? How many signs have been posted educating people not to feed the turkeys? Maybe the turkeys can be relocated elsewhere on Staten Island or to other sanctuaries? There is no imminent threat posed by these turkeys, and we hope that some actions are taken before another contract is taken out to kill them. There's no doubt the slaughters could have been avoided, and still can be.
Assembly Member Malliotakis and other elected officials have sent letters trying to get the South Beach Psychiatric Center and the University Hospital to discuss some of these options. However, to our knowledge their offices have yet to receive any response.
Spring is upon us and will (hopefully) be here soon -