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:
www.votequinnout.com - www.quinnhatesanimals.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and RSVP for tomorrow's meeting here: http://anybodybutquinn.com/august1
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 difference.
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.