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Animal Defenders of Westchester
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2013
IT'S GONNA BE WILD....SENATOR LATIMER JOINS US AT GEESE AND WILDLIFE SUMMIT
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY JUNE 20, 2013
Citizen's Committee, in conjunction with Westchester4Geese, presents a
'Geese and Wildlife Summit' on June 20, 2013, at the Scarsdale Library,
7 - 9 PM, to explore the many humane, intelligent methods of living
with, and avoiding conflicts with geese, coyotes, and other critters who
share our beautiful county. Senator George Latimer (D - 37th District)
will be joining us, and has promised to bring other area senators along.
This event is free to the public and refreshments will be served. The
Scarsdale Library was the scene of a proposed geese slaughter till
officials rejected that plan in favor of non-lethal methods after being
educated by animal advocates about the wide variety of items available.
All area mayors, village supervisors, legislators etc have been
invited, as well as the candidates running for County Executive, to find
out what their views are on this topic as well.
This summit was
originally planned to only cover geese issues. We have broadened the
summit to include 'Tips on living with wildlife,' in order to address
beliefs the public has, such as 'Do all raccoons carry rabies in their
saliva?' and 'How dangerous are coyotes?' etc, in light of recent
coyote sightings in Westchester which are reported with alarm by the
There will be an in-person demonstration of the
Goosinator by county officials, the Geesebusters method currently being
used in Scarsdale, and several other 'deterrent' methods such as the
decoy coyote, an artificial 'predator' alligator, as well as an overview
of egg oiling and habitat 'modification.'
We will also discuss
the use of the Naturesweep cleaning system, avian birth control, address
the truth about 'donations' of geese flesh to the poor, question whether
there really is an 'overpopulation' of geese, and debunk the supposed
'health hazard' the geese pose to humans. Video of a USDA geese roundup
will be shown, which the public rarely sees. Frank Vincenti of Wild Dog
Foundation will educate the public on common sense tips for avoiding
conflicts with coyotes while treating them with respect and
Kiley Blackman, Founder of Westchester4Geese said,
'The geese and all the wildlife in the area are the reason many people
move to this area in the first place. The animals enrich our lives;
they have been driven from their homes by urban sprawl, but they have a
right to live here too. This is wonderful opportunity for Westchester
municipalities to join together in a compassionate effort to learn about
how to live with all their neighbors - without shaming and embarrassing
their venues with plans to violently slaughter sentient beings who have
committed no crime; who only want to live and survive like the rest of
Senator Latimer agrees. "It is important to make sure that
every point of view is heard before making a decision on a community
issue,' he states. "This summit is an excellent opportunity for local
officials to gain information about humane treatment and partnership
with the wildlife populations in the region."