Monday, June 15, 2009

Bloomberg wants to gas the geese: Urban Wildlife Coalition bringing protestors together; Kinship Circle with ways to get your voice heard

From the Urban Wildlife Coalition...


Join us and various animal groups to speak out and PROTEST on Tuesday, June 16 to Stop Mayor Bloomberg from Gassing to Death thousands of GEESE in NYC.

Where: Port Authority Headquarters – 225 Park Avenue South (between 18th and 19th St.) When: Tuesday, June 16th Time: 12:00PM - 2:00PM

This premeditated heinous killing is very much characteristic of what Mayor Bloomberg's tolerance and support of animal cruelty is all about. He's always saying that public safety comes first at the expense of wildlife but he never thinks or looks into peaceful non violent life affirming solutions at all for animals and the public at large. He never shows respect for any animal species because he never wants to save the life of any animal. His draconian thinking is unacceptable and intolerable.
He's very gun-ho on solving any animal issue with the gun. The FAA has stated that it was MIGRATORY BIRDS and not resident geese that brought down UA AIR 1549. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 is never enforced and enacted either and these birds need protection also. The resident geese are molting and are going to be gassed to death at their their most vulnerable time.

Interested in protesting? Here's all the details:
Where: Port Authority Headquarters – 225 Park Avenue South (between 18th and 19th St.)
When: Tuesday, June 16th
Time: 12:00PM - 2:00PM

From Kinship Circle:
NYC To Kill 2,000 Canada Geese, June-July 2009
Please send a few e-mails today!
New York City is contracting with the USDA to kill Canada geese from about 40 parks, wastewater treatment plants, and city properties within five miles of JFK and LaGuardia Airports. Articles dated 6/12/09 say roundups are to begin by Monday, 6/15/09. The killing is to occur through July.
The organization GeesePeace has researched this extensively and proposes a plan for non-lethal geese population control which involves oiling the eggs to prevent hatching and then using repellents and landscape modifiers to dissuade geese from inhabiting key areas.
You can see the full plan on their website:

Send some e-mails, and faxes, and make some phone calls. A sample letter is reprinted below. For the City Council and USDA, we have e-mail addresses below - cut and paste them into your e-mail. For some contacts, like Mayor Bloomberg, we only have a web form, so you'll need to fill out the form at the sites indicated below, or, better yet, send a fax and make a phone call!


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
City Hall; New York, NY 10007
ph: 311 (or 212-788-3000 outside NYC); fax: 212-312-0700
web form [300 word limit]:

USDA-APHIS, Wildlife Services State Director
1930 Route 9; Castleton, NY 12033
ph: 518-477-4837; fax: 518-477-4899
Allen Gosser:
Martin Lowney:

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
225 Park Avenue South; New York, NY 10003
ph: 212-435-7000;
web form:

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Sample Letter (but please use your own words!)

Dear Mayor Bloomberg, Port Authority of NY & NJ, and USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services State Director:

I oppose New York City's plan to kill up to 2,000 Canada geese this summer. Please implement non-violent ways to safeguard airplanes from collisions with birds. I hope public outrage will convince you to cancel this misguided initiative.

The recently formed NYC Wildlife Hazard Management Steering Committee to Promote Aviation Safety within the Metropolitan Area should devise a better solution than mass killing. I urge Mayor Bloomberg, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and the USDA-APHIS-WS State Director to employ non-lethal management of Canada geese. A sweeping eradication shows no long-term commitment to reduce flock growth.

When geese are killed without modifying landscapes and waterways that attracted them in the first place, replacement geese soon fill the void.

There are seven GeesePeace chapters in New York. All specialize in population stabilization and site aversion. GeesePeace relies on integrated strategies that are long lasting. They demonstrate how to recruit and train community volunteers to find nests, addle/oil eggs, use repellents and other applications on a scale that solves conflicts with resident Canada geese.

It is particularly inhumane to ambush geese when molting and flightless. Yet that is how goslings and adults will be trapped on municipal properties surrounding Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.

Communities nationwide have successfully used non-violent tactics to significantly reduce flock growth. I urge airport biologists, elected officials, and the Port Authority to ramp up bird-radar and scare tactic programs at airports - but leave the killing out of it.

Thank you,
(your name)

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