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.
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?
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Have a heart!Consider giving a homeless pet a new start!Consider adopting, today.
Love comes in many shapes and sizes and might even have wings instead of four legs!Unconditional love cannot be bought otherwise.Take this chance to find the Love of your life!Take this opportunity to explore the possibilities – after all, Love is in the air.
If you cannot adopt, consider making a donation to your local animal shelter.This year has started out rough for the majority of animal shelters as when taxes go up, donations go down.Consider making a small donation towards the care of a homeless animal today or perhaps you might consider cage sponsorship.
May your love be as true and undemanding as the animal human love bond.
We, the People, who can barely afford to put food on our tables, have no more to give. Stop threatening our social security, our medicare & medicade. Start looking at the government employees for give backs, start looking at their pay and benefits and start cutting there! Leave us, the 99%, alone. We cannot afford any more cuts or tax hikes! We have no more to give!
Due to the tough economic environment many animal shelters are currently full and can no longer accept pets.As a result, the shelters are running short on food and cash.Some shelters are absolutely desperate for assistance.
I have spoken to several people from various animal shelters recently and all that I had spoken to appear to be in the same situation, though some are worse off than others.
The reason why I am telling you this is because The Middletown Humane Society is at full capacity and is in need of assistance.There are several things that you can do to help.
1)Consider adopting an animal from the shelter.You can view their current animals on-line or in person.Visit the shelter at The Middletown Humane Society – 142 Bloomingburg Road, Middletown New York 10940 (845) 361-1861 or www.middletownhumanesociety.com.
2)Consider Cage Sponsorship which is explained on their website.Basically, you sponsor a cage and your name is put on a plague which is placed on that cage & the funds for the sponsorship go towards the care of the animal in that particular cage.And, if the present animal in your sponsorship cage is adopted, the next animal put into that cage picks up the sponsorship care until your sponsorship runs out.
3)Become a Member of The Middletown Humane Society.You can get a membership form directly from the shelter.
4)Make a one-time donation to the shelter. They accept Pay Pal, checks or cash.See their website for more details.
5)Donate pet foodor items currently requested on their website. Stop by & drop the items off or send them a check or gift certificate for the requested items.Even better, make a collection of requested items in your neighborhood and take the entire collection to the shelter including your donation.
6)Mention the shelter situation at your office.Perhaps instead of exchanging office holiday gifts this year, your office might consider making a donation to the shelter.
7)Tell your friends and family members about The Middletown Humane Society’s situation perhaps they can consider any of these options as worthwhile and find a way to help also.
8)Hang a copy of this message in a public place or in your office.Perhaps there is someone else that might be interested in assisting.
9)Volunteer to assist with the care of the animals at the shelter.
If you would like to donate to a different animal shelter, they all accept Pay Pal and would be more than glad to accept your gift.Another animal shelter in great need is the Warwick Humane Society.This shelter currently has over 180 cats that have been abandoned and can use cat food donations and funds.Warwick Valley Humane Society - P.O. Box 61, 48 Public Works Drive, Warwick, NY 10990 Phone: (845) 986-2473 or http://wvhumane.org/animalshelter/
Whatever you decide to do is appreciated.Please do something to help.After all, giving to those in need is the real reason for the holidays!
In advance, thank you for your kindness and understanding.
September 17 - 24 is our own e-event. Go to the site, Facebook or Twitter to learn about this exciting offer.
Less Adoptable Week!
Help our Animals:We have many incredible animals who are waiting for their "Forever Homes." A sad but hard fact is that we need to not only find great homes, but we also have to begin to reduce the number of animals that we have. When the cold weather hits, we will not be able to use our outdoor kennels to house dogs.
Mythbuster Monday: Learn the truth about all black pets and see our beauties.
Truthtelling Tuesday: While some of our animals have behavioral issues, this doesn't mean that they can't become great pets.
Betty White Wednesday: You know what this is; it's all about our more adult pets.
Think About It Thursday: It's all about pit bulls. They're not all the "bad boys" they've been made out to be.
Feline Friday: FIV is not a death sentence. Find out the facts.
Yes, that is right, this week into next week all pets listed are going to be given up for adoption at a lower price then would normally be the case but only for one week beginning on September 16, 2012.These are considered less adoptable pets (for instance, black cats, black dogs, etc.).
Subject: URGENT 7
DAYS---WE URGE THE
CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO
STOP THE YULIN FESTIVAL
OF EATING DOGS IN GUANGXI
PROVNCE (JUNE 21-23)The
the day of Summer
Solstice, when the Sun
reaches its highest
position in th...
; Sample letter to mail,
Yulin, Guangxi, China,
; South Korean Dog
and Cat Meat Industry.
UN. Please Protest!