Reminder: Please attend TONIGHT's Town Board Meeting to speak out against the plan during the public comment period:
Tuesday 5/14/13 at 7:30 PM North Hempstead Town Hall 220 Plandome Road Manhasset, NY 11030 Call: 516.869.6311 Please Call Tonight - I Just Spoke to Them!!!!!
Please sign & share this PETITION and call the town Supervisor at 516.869.6311 Please respond directly to this email if you plan on attending tonight's meeting and would like to coordinate with other advocates for the geese.
The public comment period is at the end of the meeting. The geese are not on the agenda, we believe the town's council members unanimously voted last month to contract with USDA Wildlife Services. Why is it that tax paying residents who value co-existence with nature and don't want their tax dollars funding this killing only find out about these decisions after they have already been made?
Rounding up and killing Canada Geese in your park is not going to provide the remedy the town is seeking. At best, it is a short term fix. With the roundup and kill approach, you will learn that your park likely will be geese free only for less than one month. Right after the molt, other area birds resident in the area will land in what was your very temporarily geese free but still very geese-attractive park. And it goes without saying that round up and kill of resident birds in mid Summer does nothing to reduce park attendance by migratory birds that arrive in October and stay through the end of March.
The supposed "Human Health Hazard" mentioned in connection with geese has been largely debunked. Can the scientific basis for such claims be attributed to USDA Wildlife Services, the same agency collecting the $8,000 tab to kill the geese? This is a blatant conflict of interest. USDA Wildlife Services is the subject of federal investigations regarding their cruel practices and financial malfeasance. Will the killing continue in N. Hempstead parks every summer as it has in New York City?
Goosewatch NYC was formed in Brooklyn, NY after residents awoke to discover that the geese had been killed. Our group's goal right now is to provide resources and assistance organizing to the residents of N. Hempstead and others who join our opposition to the planned killing of the geese.
According to Animal Welfare, the dog they have opened an animal cruelty case.
Tuesday Oklahoma City Police went to the scene, a front yard near S.W. 44th and Land.
"Their notes on the case indicate they spoke with the homeowner and he doesn't own any animals," Lowery said. "He's not real sure where the animal came from. So at this point the case may not go to far."
If you have information about this case or others, call OKC Animal Welfare at (405) 297-2255.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The discovery of a dead pit bull found in a garbage bag across the street from a Southside Syracuse charter school has animal advocates outraged.
The dog's death comes roughly two months after the Syracuse common council addressed the communities concerns on dog abuse.
Officials with Cuse Pit Crew say the dog, who they've named Faith, was found by City Park Workers around 8 a.m. Wednesday along Onondaga Creek Boulevard. They say it's not clear how Faith died, but that she was severely malnourished and her teeth had been filed down.
Cuse Pit Crew's president and co-founder says that there will be zero tolerance for this type of behavior and that the crew is counting on the community to help bring Faith justice.
"Faith is not an isolated incident. There are abuse cases that happen every day and we're finding out more and more of these, but we need our community members to be the eyes and the ears for the police department and for the advocacy groups," said Stefanie Higgins.
Faith is described as a blue brindle pit bull with cropped ears and filed teeth.
If you have any information regarding the pit bull or her owner, you can anonymously contact the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5200.
I am appalled that you would consider such am inhumane and terrible way of dealing with a problem. Those geese have every right to be in Mamaroneck and live in peace without being abused or slaughtered.
Try using our head and your heart and find a way to come up with an intelligent solution instead of murder of the innocent.
The mission of GooseWatch NYC is to call attention to these inhumane and ineffective killings. Those of us who have been involved in this issue since the killing of Prospect Park's geese in 2010 are committed to working to reverse these decisions once they have been made - as as we have seen in Scarsdale, we can make a difference. But we also recognize the importance in a long-term strategy and our hope is to find ways to prevent these decisions from being made in the first place. Please email me to join our efforts.
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The newest addition to the slaughter-fest for geese in Westchester County is the Village of Mamaroneck. As many of you know, there have been victories in other municipalities here recently that already enacted, or wanted to enact, mass slaughter of their geese residents. After repeated intervention by advocates, Yonkers stated to the media that it is 'highly unlikely' they will do another slaughter; and Scarsdale has stated they are not signing a 'cull' contract with the USDA, but instead will consider many other options that have been presented to them by geese advocates and concerned residents.
It is especially outrageous that Mamaroneck has made this decision for the following reasons:
*They recently purchased a 'RAY VAC' with $30,000 of taxpayer money! This is a larger version of the Nature Sweep cleaning system being used in several venues (www.naturesweep.com) which, rather than disbursing or disturbing the geese, addresses the droppings. It makes absolutely no sense to kill the geese especially in light of this purchase.
*Mamaroneck has had ongoing problems with its sewage system for years, which they admit and was just reported in NY NEWSDAY. Mamaroneck's water supply also contains HUMAN FECAL MATTER - which would not be cured by killing their geese residents. Mamaroneck residents report removing CONDOMS and garbage from boats from the water (there are of course several monied people who keep boats at Mamaroneck pier). Others report seeing used kleenex, discarded hair clips and tanning bottles in the water; its unlikely that the geese were responsible for any of them.
*The slaughter is NEVER 'humane' - the geese and their babies are rounded up when they can't fly, and are gassed while they cry and struggle to breathe.
KILLING THE GEESE IS CRUEL AND POINTLESS; others will come into the area. Mamaroneck Pier is an inviting, open space of grass expanses and access to Long Island Sound - attractive to people and birds...and for many people, the birds are PART of the attraction. At the end of this alert are wonderful quotes from Scarsdale residents pleased that their geese will not be killed.
As one Scarsdale resident poignantly stated at the Board of Trustees meeting, "Pooping should not be a capital crime!"
BELOW IS A LIST OF MAYORAL CONTACTS, PLUS THEIR SENATOR, ASSEMBLYPERSON, ETC. Please send polite, emphatic letters to all, voicing your objection to this noxious, inhumane plan:
MAYOR NORMAN S. ROSENBLUM: (914) 777-7703
LOUIS S. SANTORO, DEPUTY MAYOR
ILISA MILLER, TRUSTEE
LEON POTOK, TRUSTEE
ANDRES BERMUDEZ HALLSTROM, TRUSTEE
JOHN FILIBERTI, DISTRICT 7,
OFFICE OF LEGISLATOR JUDITH MYERS
WESTCHESTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE ROB ASTORINO
STEVEN OTIS, ASSEMBLYPERSON, 91 DISTRICT
GEORGE LATIMER, NYS SENATE, 37 DISTRICT
FROM THE SCARSDALE DAILY VOICE:
“It’s shocking to me that they would have even considered such a drastic measure in the first place,” Sargent road resident Mohammad Jamal said. “The geese are as much a part of the community as the rest of us. You can’t just get rid of things that are inconvenient to you.”
“It’s good they came to their senses before it was too late,” Alli Jones said outside of the Scarsdale train station. “There are so many other options for consideration.”
Recently retired Scarsdale teacher Stephen Sepe said the geese and pond are an indispensable learning tool for the high school.
“The geese are a part of the life of the school,” he said. “They would nest there and provide the students direct contact to nature. I would often talk about the geese in my classes, and really felt they were an important vehicle for teaching respect for life. The idea of doing harm to the animals is appalling, and I don’t understand that the powers that be would even contemplate such a measure.”
SOME FACTS ABOUT GEESE:
- mate for life and will stay together throughout the year
- are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Mating season is February - early April, which is when they are most vulnerable and cannot fly.
- Geese return to the area of their birth each year to mate and nest.
- They are protective of their babies and nurture them just as people do.
- They like to sleep on water to evade predators
Some items currently used to avoid killing geese are robotic decoys, The Goosinator, Geesebusters, and Naturesweep (a tidying and whisking service)
No question, we'd be against the killing of the geese even if it was done for free by a private company. But the cost to New York City taxpayers to hire USDA Wildlife Services from June 2011 - June 2012 was $66,796. The USDA rounded up 290 geese from New York City properties in last summer in June, which doesn't include the 711 geese killed at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge which is federal property (paid for by the NY / NJ Port Authority, also using tax dollars). Therefore, USDA collected $230 per goose in 2012. If you include the 209 geese killed in July 2011, this brings the average down to $144 per goose killed during the contract year. In the four summers the USDA has been killing geese in NYC parks, we have paid them $166,866 to date to kill 3,776 geese, which equals $44 for each goose killed. The cost allotted to killing geese this and next summer is $141,716 The contract between the City and USDA Wildlife Services is currently set to expire on June 30, 2014.
There is no credible basis for the idea that killing geese will result in less collisions. Such views amount to mere opinions by "expert" USDA wildlife bioloigists, in fact, if you read the contract closely, there are many examples of baseless claims and inconsistencies. The USDA write the reports that justify killing geese, and then solicit work contracts to kill the geese. This is a blatant conflict of interest. Nothing has changed the fact that the geese which collided with Miracle on the Hudson were DNA tested to be migratory geese from Labrador, Canada. Millions of birds are passing through our region this time of year (or at least they are supposed to be). Killing molting geese in the summer does nothing to address the risks posed by collisions with birds migrating in January. As the contracts reveal, the USDA gives up on geese in small flocks if they can not be captured "easily and economically" - are the geese they don't kill somehow less likely to fly into a flight path? Cruelty aside, there just doesn't to be any sense to the current strategy to improve air safety, and aviation experts agree.
Mind you, the leading causes by far of fatal plane crash accidents are pilot error (50%), mechanical error (22%) and weather (12%), less than 1% can be attributed to the entire category of wildlife. Now the city is building two Marine Waste Transfer stations in plain sight of LaGuardia Airport; with claims the FAA is violating their own standards for wildlife hazard management, against the advice of veteran aviation experts, and even Capt. Sully Sullenberger has been speaking out against the placement of these facilities. Furthermore, with the kind of traffic and industrial waste that is planned to be going to the Manhattan location every day, many believe the transfer station will wreak havoc on a dense neighborhood, with health consequences to people and companion animals.
But if you talk to the USDA they really seem to think what they are doing is for the benefit of humanity. Does anyone feel any safer?
More regular updates and alerts will be emailed to the Googlegroup (which you should join if you want to get more involved in our efforts) and posted on Facebook / Twitter.
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A situation in Scarsdale, NY, and other updates Scarsdale Petition * January "bird strikes" * How to get involved
There is a situation in Scarsdale, NY, we learned from a news report last week the town board voted to enter into a contract with the USDA to kill the geese at Library Pond (pictured above) this summer.
There is a Town Hall meeting about this TONIGHT (details & directions): Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 8pm Scarsdale Village Hall 1001 Post Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583
They claim the goose poop is bad for the water, even though they have no evidence, and allegedly there were also one or two "goose attacks". Poop can be cleaned up, and confrontations with geese can be avoided. Instead of reaching out to a number of organizations who can (and indeed have offered to) assist with what you might call "nuisance mitigation efforts" (habitat modification, harassment, population control through oiling eggs or birth control) Scarsdale decided to hire USDA Wildlife Services to roundup and slaughter the geese. The town said they tried scaring the geese off with dogs 5 years ago, but obviously was not consistently or properly implemented.
As Patty Adjamine emailed me: Scarsdale is not an impoverished community devoid of resources and nor does it appear to be overrun with geese. A couple of dozen geese (if it is even that) can easily be controlled through the now numerous non-lethal means. They need to understand that a massacre of a small number of geese (when humane and effective alternatives were available) will result in negative publicity and community outrage such as occurred after Prospect Park's goose gassings -- or even worse. Scarsdale doesn't have the "airline" excuse. It in fact, has no excuses.
Richard Brummel went up to check out the situation this weekend, and sent the photo above of the 9 geese there. There's a serious problem when people can't tolerate 9 geese on a pond, and something about the whole situation isn't adding up. And I assume this isn't the last time we'll hear about a situation like this, which is why it is important that advocates respond now. Please let them know.
January Bird Strikes I got a call from a reporter the other day asking me if I had any comment about the fact there'd been two "bird strikes" around JFK in the past week. I told him that it's no coincidence these incidents happened the same week as Miracle on the Hudson four years ago, and that there's no sense in the idea that killing geese in the summer is going to have an effect on collisions in January, when millions of birds fly through the area. A long term solution is needed. Not only is killing the geese cruel but it is not making anyone safer. One of our big goals this year is to get more vocal support from prominent aviation experts and biologists and turn the idea that killing geese is an appropriate response to the threat of bird strikes on its head. We are also going to seek more political support - by this time next year New York City is going to have a new mayor, hopefully someone responsive to the animal community and our concerns.
Get More Involved If you are finding the frequency with which you receive emails from GooseWatch insufficient, and you want to be more involved, please join our internal email list. Click here for instructions. We really need more help from people who are willing to step up and take charge of what is happening, but there are no ways too small to help. We have been using our internal list to organize, plan our course of action, and share ideas. You can also email me directly and I will manually add you to the group. I will send newsletters like this as often as possible, or may just send cross posted information. But more regular updates and alerts will likely be emailed to the Googlegroup and on Facebook / Twitter.
Again, keep an eye out for migrating geese, and send us a noteor a picture if you see a flock. This information has been very helpful.
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