Foster City, California: Second Protest to Let the Geese Live
Despite the extensive media coverage appearing in 30 publications for our previous protest, the Council of Foster City recently announced plans on its website to kill up to 100 geese. We’re outraged by the council’s decision to increase the number of geese on its hitlist from only 10 percent initially to 30 percent now of the current population of roughly 300 Canada geese!
During our last protest, Vice Chair of Foster City Parks and Recreation Stacy Jimenez addressed more than 50 demonstrators to confirm plans to kill 10 percent of the geese, which flies in the face of the council’s new plan to kill even more geese. Please join our second solutions-based protest where we will present a nonlethal alternatives exhibit urging the council to cancel its heartless plans to kill 100 geese and goslings in cold blood.
In response to our previous successful protest and overwhelming public outcry, Foster City added a new webpage dedicated to “Canada goose population management” which cites Heal the Bay’s water quality statistics as a primary motive to kill the geese. However, these statistics show fluctuating weekly water contamination while the number of geese remains the same.
A chart of nonlethal methods used reveals that the city hasn’t tried the most successful goose deterrent — habitat modification. Large swaths of short green grass are literally a salad bar for geese. The council asks the public not to feed the geese while they offer them delicious green grass. Unless the habitat changes, geese will continue to fly from Bair Island to Foster City for their favorite meal. Killing these geese will make room for new geese who will be killed in an endless cycle of cruelty. Help us convince the council to follow the advice of our National Goose Protection Coalition before it’s too late for Foster City’s geese!
What: Let the Foster City Geese Live Protest
When: Thursday, June 16, 2:30-5:30 p.m. PT
Where: Foster City City Hall, 610 Foster City Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404
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There are benches nearby if needed. Signs and materials will be provided. Feel free to create your own signs! Masks are not necessary, but you are welcome to wear one if you prefer.
In Defense of Animals fully expects and strongly urges all people involved in this campaign to act responsibly and lawfully and to respect the personal interests and privacy rights and concerns of any individuals who may be affected by, or become the subject of, your protests or related efforts.