May 22nd, 2013 by Anja Heister
Urgent: Protest Killing of Canada Geese in NY’s Parks
Your attendance is crucially needed on Thursday, May 23rd, 2pm-4pm to send a convincing message to officials in North Hempstead, that we will not tolerate the brutal slaughter of hundreds of geese families, including their newborn goslings.
When: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 2pm-4pm
Where: In front of North Hempstead Town Hall, 220 Plandome Road, Manhasset, NY 11030
(The Manhasset of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) stops one block away from the Town Hall)
Why: Protest North Hempstead’s plan to hire USDA to exterminate the town’s Canada geese by rounding them up and gassing them!
IDA contact: Anja Heister, Director Wild and Free – Habitats Campaign; Email: email@example.com; ph: (406) 544-5727.
Killing geese is never the answer. When Canada geese are killed, new geese repopulate the areas because habitat and food sources become available. This locks communities into an endless ineffective, brutal and costly killing cycle.
The town of North Hempstead needs an integrated non-lethal management plan for resident Canada geese that includes:
1. Habitat modification: Geese are attracted to low and open grassy areas surrounding ponds and other water and park areas. Planting shrubs and other vegetation to block their line of sight, and other simple changes in the park landscapes can deter geese from nesting and gathering in high-use areas.
2. Enforcing no-feeding and no-littering rules
3. A budget that includes use of equipment to clean up waste
4. A contraception program that utilizes Ovo-Control which has proven successful wherever used as directed.
For many residents of North Hempstead, watching Canada geese, who are monogamous and highly intelligent birds, presents a wonderful connection to nature in the midst of busy city life. Citizens have spoken out against the cruel and ineffective plan to kill geese and demand non-lethal strategies be implemented instead. Two towns in Westchester, NY—Scarsdale and Mamaroneck recently cancelled plans to kill Canada geese after residents and other activists expressed outrage.
If you cannot attend this meeting on Tuesday, please write to these officials and tell them that you will not tolerate the brutal killing of Canada geese and demand non-lethal strategies be implanted instead.
PLEASE CONTACT EACH OF THE FOLLOWING CITY OFFICIALS ASAP:
Supervisor Hon. Jon Kaiman — 516.869.6311 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Clerk Hon. Leslie Gross — 516.869.6311 and email@example.com
Town Board Councilperson District 1 Hon. Viviana L. Russell — 516.869.7701 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Board Councilperson District 2 Hon. Thomas K. Dwyer — 516.869.7702 and email@example.com
Town Board Councilperson District 3 Hon. Angelo P. Ferrara — 516.869.7703 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Board Councilperson District 4 Hon. Anna M. Kaplan — 516.869.7704 and email@example.com
Town Board Councilperson District 5 Hon. Lee Seeman — 516.869-7705 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Board Councilperson District 6 Hon. Dina M. DeGiorgio — 516.869.7706 and email@example.com