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Originally Posted: 14 June 2009
New York City To Gas 2,000 Canada Geese, June-July 2009
From Kinship Circle
Stop New York City from contracting with the USDA to kill Canada geese from about 40 parks, wastewater treatment plants, and city properties within five miles of JFK and LaGuardia Airports. Roundups are to begin Monday, 6/15/09. Killings scheduled to occur through July.
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NYC PROTEST OF CANADIAN GEESE SLAUGHTER: Tuesday, 6/16/09
WHERE: Port Authority Headquarters - 225 Park Avenue South (between 18th and 19th St.)
WHEN: Tuesday, June 16 * 12 noon to 2PM
FULL CONTACT INFORMATION
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG
phone (212) NEW-YORK (212/639-9675)
fax (212) 788-2460
web form only:
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
225 Park Avenue South, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10003
phone (212) 435-3730
Port Authority Corporate Headquarters
General number: (212) 435-7000
Public Affairs: (212) 435-7777
(Get a live person on the line and demand to speak to someone about the Canada Geese — keep calling until they respond)
fax (212) 435-4032
Anthony R. Coscia,
Chairman, Board of Commissioners
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Phone: (732) 846-2120 (direct line), 732-846-7600 (general number for Mr. Coscia's law firm)
fax (732) 846-8877
On-line Feedback form for Port Authority Board of Commissioners
USDA-APHIS-WS STATE DIRECTOR, PORT AUTHORITY NY & NJ
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SAMPLE LETTER. This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue. WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER using these talking points.
Dear Mayor Bloomberg, Port Authority of NY & NJ, and USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services State Director:
I am shocked New York City intends to gas up to 2,000 Canada geese this summer. Please implement non-violent ways to safeguard people from airplane collisions with birds. I hope public outrage will convince you to cancel this misguided initiative.
Certainly the recently formed NYC Wildlife Hazard Management Steering Committee to Promote Aviation Safety within the Metropolitan Area can devise a better solution than mass killing. I urge Mayor Bloomberg, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and the USDA-APHIS-WS State Director to employ non-lethal management of Canada geese. A sweeping eradication shows no long-term commitment to reduce flock growth.
When geese are destroyed -- without modifying landscapes and waterways that attracted them in the first place -- replacement geese soon fill the void.
There are seven GeesePeace chapters in New York alone. All specialize in population stabilization and site aversion. GeesePeace relies on integrated strategies that are long lasting. They demonstrate how to recruit and train community volunteers to find nests, addle/oil eggs, use repellents and other applications on a scale that solves conflicts with "resident" Canada geese.
It is particularly inhumane to ambush geese when molting and flightless. Yet that is how goslings and adults will be trapped on municipal properties surrounding Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.
Communities nationwide have successfully used non-violent tactics to significantly reduce flock growth. I am counting on airport biologists, elected officials, and the Port Authority to ramp up bird-radar and scare tactic programs at airports -- but leave the killing out of it.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
Mayor Bloomberg, Port Authority, USDA State Director Lowney: Canada Geese Mitigation
NYC To Gas 2,000 Geese In Bid To Protect Aircraft
PETITION - STOP NY's GOOSE-GASSING PLAN!
City Planning Massive Goose Genocide
Queens Crap Blog - Bloomberg OK with Sending Geese to gas chamber
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