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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704
Contact Westchester Food Bank re Geese 'Donations'
July 5, 2013
The USDA and local mayors, etc, are using poor and
homeless people as a dumping ground for the abuse and slaughter of
geese. Please contact the Westchester Food Bank and ask them to stop
accepting 'donations' of goose flesh from USDA 'culls' and private
killing of geese:
As most of you are aware, almost all the geese
killings done by the USDA (and some private contractors) are followed by
a note saying the dead flesh is subsequently 'donated to the poor' at
local food banks. This is a deceptive, odious 'charitable' spin that,
in addition to foisting toxic flesh on the 'poor,' has actually been
denounced by the NYC Director of the Coalition for the Homeless, Mary
Brosnahan, who states:
'"The Coalition objects, in the strongest
possible terms, to the plans by officials to slaughter hundreds of New
York City's Canada geese, and to the use of homeless New Yorkers to
achieve that end. The plan to feed homeless people the potentially
tainted carcasses of these birds through a local soup kitchen or food
bank sets a dangerous double standard in which poor men, women and
children will eat unregulated and insufficiently inspected flesh.
'In addition to the incalculable moral and ethical costs such needless
killing entails, there is the federal inspection and proper
testing of the flesh for possible contaminants - if that was even done.
If not done, then Westchester food banks participated in a dangerous
double standard in which poor men, women and children ate unregulated
and insufficiently inspected flesh.'
FURTHERMORE, THE FLESH
COMES WITH A STERN WARNING LABEL!!
'Some activists have questioned the safety of the meat of the wild
birds, whose diet could include vegetation treated by pesticides, but
the Food Bank’s Wilcox said it was not a concern since each family only
received enough for one meal. “They’re obviously not raised on a farm in
a controlled environment, so there is a rather daunting label on the
meat when it arrives. What it says is that you should only have a
serving once a month,” she said.' (!!!) (Exclamation points mine).
Dumping flesh on the homeless that they are warned to not eat more than
once a month is proof positive that the 'donations' are no more than a
coverup - and a dangerous one at that.
'Wild geese travel to
many different locations, are exposed to various toxins including
mercury and lead, and eat grass that in public parks which is routinely
sprayed with pesticides. Many chemical residues and possible PCB's can
remain in the tissues of wild geese who do not come from a controlled
environment. Is such meat thus safe to feed to people without proper,
complete and individual testing? Goose meat donated to the food bank
doesn't carry a label of source or origin. The Central Pennsylvania Food
Bank, which accepted the meat from 2011's roundups claimed the meat's
toxicity was tested by the USDA, yet, the USDA claimed it is each
state's responsibility for testing the slain geese for possible toxins.
Proper testing of geese for possible contaminants can cost up to
$100.00 per bird. New York City's Canada geese often feed on park grass
treated with pesticides and other chemicals. Moreover, according to bird
experts, molting geese are usually "feverish" and somewhat "sickly" when
they are going through the process of losing feathers and being
flightless (the time in early summer when most USDA goose roundups
occur). Goose hunters themselves do not eat geese killed in the summer
when the birds are going through the molt. Rounded up geese have been
rejected in many states across the country as possible food "donations"
for poor people. Recently, these include Washington state, Virginia and
Alabama.' (Source: Goosewatchnyc.com)
Please contact the
following officials of the Westchester County Food Bank and politely
request that they stop accepting this toxic flesh that is the result of
so much needless, violent suffering. Homeless people are being robbed
of their dignity and integrity by being used as pawns in such an
unhealthy, unethical game.
Executive Director Ellen Lynch
Manager Erica Santiago:
Services and Nutrition, Sara Cox:
Director of Operations,
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