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Village Stands Up for Geese, Gets Emails Blocked

Village Stands Up for Geese, Gets Emails Blocked

Officials in Mamaroneck, N.Y., are in hot water over not only plans to cull the village’s resident geese, but for censoring individuals who are speaking up to stop the slaughter.

Residents and animal advocates are urging the village to use humane alternatives to killing for dealing with the geese, and while some on the Board of Trustees are still on the fence, Mayor Norman Rosemblum apparently has his mind made up: The geese have to die.

The village signed a $8,700 contract contract with the USDA’s Wildlife Services to round up the geese beginning this June when they’re molting, or when they have no feathers and can’t fly and are the most vulnerable, because of the belief that their droppings pose a health hazard.

Animal advocates are arguing that culling isn’t just cruel, but that it’s the least effective approach in dealing with geese because new ones will just move in on empty spaces and that a cull will only lead to an annual slaughter.

“USDA agents come into the parks usually early in the morning when it’s dark, and they separate the goslings that were born recently from parents, stuff the geese and babies into crates, stack them into trucks, and drive them to whatever location where they’re going to be gassed or shot,” said Edita Birnkrant, NY Director at Friends of Animals, at a board meeting earlier this month. “They say they’re going to use the meat for a food bank, which is absurd. But that’s the process, and it’s very traumatic, stressful, frightening of course. It’s a very cruel way to kill the geese.”

According to a USDA spokesperson, the geese will be taken to a poultry processing plant where they’ll be slaughtered and processed for human consumption and then donated to any organizations that request the meat.

Goose advocates believe habitat and landscape modification, birth control and other deterrents, such as Goosebusters, will work better as long-term approaches, instead of resorting to mass slaughter, which won’t solve the problem. They also want to know why the village has yet to use its new $29,000 Toro Rake-O-Vac to clean up the goose droppings.

“Hello the answer is staring you in the face: you’ve purchased this large commercial machine that which cleans up the poop very effectively,”  said Birnkrant. “They’re not using it. They’re not making any policy to clean up the goose poop. It’s almost laughable – you’re a waterfront village and water fowl are going to be attracted to the area. No matter how many you kill this summer, more will fly in.”

The mayor even proved that last point after telling CBS that the village had geese relocated to South Carolina, but they returned before the truck even got back. No one can seem to figure out exactly how geese who can’t fly made their way home to New York.

Those who have sent emails to voice their opposition are getting them bounced back with the message “banned content.” The block was discovered by resident Gina von Eiff after she sent an email and had it returned. She then had a friend try it, whose message was also sent back, reports the Journal News, which also tried it a few times and got a banned content message.

According to CBS, the village explained that the e-mails are being treated as spam because there are too many coming in from around the world. The decision to block emails was reportedly made by the Village Manager Rich Slingerland, who is now working on blocking only form letters.

Nothing says ‘I don’t care what you think’ quite like turning your constituents and the general public into spammers for voicing their opinions.

While the Mayor doesn’t seem to want to stray from the plan, newly elected members to the Board of Trustees claim that the contract was signed without public knowledge before they took office and some of them are interested in alternatives, including a proposal from wildlife biologist Dr. Steven Garber, which would include a “no nesting” policy for geese; behavioral modification techniques; and scare tactics performed over a period of time to discourage geese from returning to the area,” reports the Larchmont Patch.

“We plan to examine this issue very closely before we come to a final decision on how to proceed,” said board member Bermudez Hallstrom.

In Scarsdale, recent public outcry over slaughtering geese convinced officials to use non-lethal alternatives.

 

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11:48AM PDT on May 4, 2013

signed, thanks for sharing :)

8:00PM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

Petition signed. I think these people are just lazy to not use the cleanup machine. There are a few things that could be done instead of killing them. Hire someone to use the machine or promote from within.

4:31PM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Why can't they stand to a man and say there must be another way. At this point, with the killing scheduled and the emails being deemed spam, their showing to the constituents is pretty bad.

11:35AM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Shame!!

7:39AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Why not use the heavy machinery made for picking up the goose poop? Another example of stupid politician mentality of wasting taxpayers money and using extermination as a solution for getting rid of unwanted animals.

7:51AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

those officials are real cruddy.

6:21PM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

If anything needs culling it's politicians. Granted geese are free with distribution of slimy poop and I hated them when I was golfing, but I never even considered harming them. Geese are people too!

OK, but I deserve a little fantasy life,OK? And I've had far worse neighbors than geese.

12:04PM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Voted & signed petition.

Hopefully the Board of Trustees will stop the cull.

9:58AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

ok, an overabundance of geese may cause a problem with poop clean up....but to cull them off by sending them to the slaughter house, NO! This is wrong! How about gather many of them up, and send them elsewhere....to zoos, and other places that have water but no geese. We are supposed to be helping to keep species alive, not kill them off. There are alternatives to this problem.

8:57AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

For those in agreement with allowing a business to catch, kill and either sell (I am sure this has been considered, by Capitalist Politicians to benefit The Industrialized Meat Industry- Huge PR nightmare if caught making a business out of it) or donate to feed the hungry with the geese’s dead meat...

Why is it alright to promote eating animal meat??
Why not donate VEGAN food to the hungry??

Eating meat is NOT:
Healthy eating habit,
Good for the environment,
In the long run make the wild variety extinct and eventually the non-wild variety extinct
And
Is the most expensive way of feeding people!

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