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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704
Humane Treatment for Canada Geese
Letter to the Editor published in The Journal News
Re "500 Canada geese removed from Sprain Lake Golf Course,
euthanized," July 11 article.
We were distressed to hear of the geese slaughter at Sprain Golf
Course. The Westchester county executive's office told us previously
that Westchester County was committed to not killing geese. If this
policy was changed, the avian-advocacy groups here should have been
informed beforehand, especially as that golf course is on a public
facility. We are residents, we pay taxes, we vote; and we speak for
those who cannot.
The Canada geese were brought here; they are
not endemic to the area. They are sociable, have a high tolerance for
people, mind their own business and only squawk if their babies or food
sources are disturbed. The geese have committed no crime; killing them
for enjoying the same grass and ponds as we do is unacceptable.
Nonlethal methods of dispersal have been used successfully all over the
Recently at a shopping center we were treated to the
sight of mama and poppa goose with their fuzzy babies. Geese are very
protective of their babies; they herded the kids majestically, to the
delight of the public, who took pictures and were awed at the sight of
the avian family unit, so like our own. Please contact the county
executive's office and urge them to stand by their word, keeping this
county humane for all.
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