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Jul 31, 2013
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Other
Location: United States

Memo to USDA: Killing Accomplishes Nothing
Announcement: We're Getting Political for Animals!

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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 info@nyclass.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.

Thanks,
David

 

 

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Posted: Jul 31, 2013 4:20pm
Jul 15, 2013
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Please Sign the Petition ! 

https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2493

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Posted: Jul 15, 2013 10:45am
Jun 25, 2013
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: Canada

Goose Roundups are Happening NOW
Important Updates and Announcements

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Please Attend Wednesday's Rally
What: Press Conference & Rally for NYC's Canada Geese - Featuring Aviation Expert Ken Paskar
When: Wednesday, June 26 from 5pm-6pm
Where: Columbus Circle, Central Park 
Details and RSVP on Facebook and MeetUp 

GooseWatch NYC will hold a groundbreaking press conference and rally at Central Park with In Defense of Animals to speak out against the killing of Canada geese in New York City parks, and announce support from
Ken Paskar, President of Friends of La Guardia Airport and former lead safety representative for the FAA Safety Team.

Mr. Paskar will address the fallacy that killing NYC's geese improves aviation safety and reduces bird strikes. Speakers will also include GooseWatch NYC's
David Karopkin, Anja Heister, M.S. Biologist and Director of the Wild and Free-Habitats Campaign at In Defense of Animals, Brian Shapiro, NY State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, Edita Birnkrant, NY Director of Friends of Animals, and NYC Wildlife Advocate Mary Beth Purdy Artz. Please join advocates from across New York City and beyond to speak out against NYC's Canada goose slaughter. 

Roundups are Happening Right Now
Last week we were contacted by five different individuals who witnessed USDA Wildlife Services agents in action - rounding up geese, smiling about it, and driving away. But these were also missed opportunities, because the witnesses could have called us to get the word out and taken video footage. We are asking that anyone who sees a USDA pickup:

    • call 567-NY-GOOSE / 567-694-6673 so we can get an alert out

    • capture video of the roundup operations

We need more people to join our park patrol team, watch NYC's potential victim geese, wait for the USDA, print and distribute our new flyers (thanks to Rafaella and Susan), and write chalk bombs

If you didn't receive a test emergency alert on Friday, we don't have your phone number, and you cannot be contacted in case there is a roundup in progress near you. Text
 "NYGOOSE" to to 55678 opt in, or to send any other message. With thanks to MobileMatters, regular rates apply. 

Roundups on Long Island

Goose round-ups are happening on Long Island! We got a message which we passed along to Long Island Orchestrating for Nature - LION that there was a truckload of geese being sent to be slaughter seen on Route 107 in Jericho this past Friday. It was discovered that several towns, state parks, and other locations have permits from Fish and Wildlife Service to kill thousands of Canada geese, as well as other birds like herring and gulls. Please sign and share LION's new petition and contact them at longislandorganizingfornature@gmail.com to get involved.

 

Vegan Drinks Thursday
our Press Conference/Rally is on WEDNESDAY, then on THURSDAY come out to Vegan Drinks! GooseWatch NYC is the beneficiary, we have some great raffle items including our tee shirts & stickers, a photo-to-canvas, cases of The Regal Vegan's Faux Gras, two bottles of GooseWatch white wine (no relation), and more. Details and RSVP here.

 

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Posted: Jun 25, 2013 10:38am
Jun 10, 2013
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: United States

 

The board of the condo complex "Hidden Pond" in Raritan, NJ, has a hidden agenda—to have 15 Canada geese killed&mdashossibly gassed—by Goose Control Technology, a Metuchen geese extermination company. According to its website, this company not only profits from killing geese, but it also employs an “accomplished trapper,” and offers, among other “services,” a hunting program for waterfowl.

Canada geese residing around the pond will be rounded up during their molting period when they cannot fly. Entirely helpless, they will be separated from their goslings, causing shock and panic among the parent geese and goslings, who frantically call their loved ones in a final futile attempt to find each other.

Instead, these highly intelligent birds, in a terrifying state of confusion and panic, will be either mercilessly thrown into a mobile gas chamber, left struggling for their lives over a long period of time while fighting for oxygen, or packed into crates and trucked to a slaughterhouse to be brutally killed.

We need you to speak up for Raritan’s geese!

Please tell the board of “Hidden Pond”, Jo-Ann Liptak, Raritan’s Mayor, and Elizabeth Horvath, the chairperson of the borough’s environmental commission, that we will not allow the senseless killing of Canada geese. Other communities have been prevented from killing resident geese as a result of a public outcry. We will do the same for the “Hidden Pond” condo complex should they decide to follow through with this horrible slaughter of innocent and helpless geese families.

What you can do:NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS ONLY. Use the form below to send an email TODAY to speak up for Raritan's geese.


Valid New Jersey address is required - P.O. Boxes cannot be used.

 

Please personalize your letter to increase your impact and submit the sample letter below to send your comments to:

·         Board of “Hidden Pond”

·         Jo-Ann Liptak, Mayor of Raritan

·         Elizabeth Horvath, the Chairperson of the Borough’s Environmental Commission

Use a New Jersey Zip Code – like 07749

Link to Letter is below:

https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2475

 

 

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Posted: Jun 10, 2013 4:01pm
May 31, 2013

Before humans die, they write their last Will & Testament, give their home & all they have, to those they leave behind.  If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask. . .

 

To a poor and lonely stray I’d give:

 

My happy home.

My bowl & cozy bed, soft pillows and all my toys.

The lap, which I loved so much.

The hand that stroked my fur & the sweet voice which spoke my name.

 

I’d Will to the sad, scared shelter dog, the place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.

 

So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand.”

 

Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope and give MY place to HIM.

 

This is the only thing that I can give . . .

 

The love I left behind.

 

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Posted: May 31, 2013 5:04pm
May 14, 2013
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Phone Call
Location: United States
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? 

Here are news reports that have come out in the past 24 hours - please post comments and share the articles if you can, below are a few points suggested for comments:
NBC4 - L.I. Town's Plan to Get Rid of Geese Ruffles Feathers
News 12 Long Island - North Hempstead OKs measure to euthanize Canada geese
LongIsland.com - North Hempstead Goose Kill To Be Protested At Board Meeting
Newsday - Groups to protest geese euthanization plan
  • For the record - goose droppings pose no risk of infection and have never been shown to do so. The claims above are false and perpetuated by fear, not rational thinking. Goose poop can be cleaned up, as well-maintained parks generally should do.
  • Photos from last summer's roundup at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge - please decide for yourself if this is "humane euthansia": https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=343264375752158&set=a.343263462418916.79961.175344192544
  • 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.

Learn more: The Facts About NYC's Annual Canada Goose Slaughter
Check our Facebook or Twitter pages for more regular updates. 
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Posted: May 14, 2013 4:10pm
Mar 31, 2013

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Albert Einstein

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Posted: Mar 31, 2013 11:45am
Mar 29, 2013
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Phone Call
Location: United States

OKLAHOMA CITY – A case of animal cruelty raises concerns for drivers who travel along a busy city street.

The rotting carcass of an abused pit bull has been decaying along S.W. 44th for four days.

The dog's body is tied to a tire.

The tire and carcass are sitting on the sidewalk in the path of children who walk to school at a nearby elementary.

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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.

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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.

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Posted: Mar 29, 2013 10:10am
Mar 21, 2013
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Hey:

 

Please read and sign this important petition.  Goose killing season is almost upon us!

 

http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-bloomberg-and-sen-gillibrand-end-the-war-on-nyc-s-canada-geese

 

 

Thank you.

 

Love Animals Too

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Posted: Mar 21, 2013 3:49pm
Mar 3, 2013
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Other
Location: United States

 

Hey:

 

 

 

Please help shut this page down!

 

 

http://www.causes.com/causes/814136-shut-down-dogs-suck-face-book-page

 

Thank you. 

 

 

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