Staten Island Wild Turkeys under Threat of Mass Killing

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Originally Posted: 15 Nov 2010

Staten Island Wild Turkeys under Threat of Mass Killing

FROM  United Poultry Concerns (UPC)

ACTION

Do not let a secretive mass killing of wild turkeys happen! Since people can't seem to "live with wildlife," relocation to a place of safety, and ultimately the protection of a permanent sanctuary, is the only meet solution to this situation.

NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) public affairs office e-mail: dpaeweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

New York State DEC Officer Thomas Panzone
phone (718) 482-4958

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Please, NY/NJ animal activist! It is paramount that we make a fervent, collaborative effort to prevent a horrible atrocity from befalling hundreds of Staten Island wild turkeys, in a proposed slaughter that could occur without much warning, as frequently occurs when municipal and state agencies are pressured to act by "taxpaying" humans inconvenienced by other animal lifeforms. Call New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officer Thomas Panzone at (718) 482-4958. Urge him, in your own words, NOT to allow the roundup , secretive "removal" and/or killing of Staten Island's wild turkeys. and/or send an email voicing, as a NY taxpayer, your vigilant opposition to any proposed wild turkey cull in Staten Island.

This week, several news reports began to circulate in the local New York City press, describing a problem in an area of Staten Island with wild turkey overpopulation, "dirt" and a neighborhood "fear" of these beautiful creatures. Apparently, Staten Island residents have been complaining about the birds messing up their gardens with feces and casting fear over the local population, though, as always, it is human activity (as well as human apathy) which have created this problem and allowed it to develop to the degree that it has.

This situation has been steadily escalating, since some time ago, a Staten Island resident released a small flock of an estimated 9 birds, which has successfully multiplied to a point that there are now a variety of estimates on the total wild turkey population, ranging from between 200 and 2000 birds, according to news reports. To this point, the approximate/exact number has not been verified by any credible source.

The continuous complaints of residents have, most recently, caught the attention of local officials, to a point that the NY State DEC has proposed killing the birds to give to the "hungry" and the "needy", which, we suppose, they see as an easy, convenient, and fitting solution to this Holiday Season problem. As everyone receiving this email is, to my knowledge, an animal advocate at the very least (if not an activist) I'm sure we agree that killing these gentle birds is NOT an acceptable solution. Relocation to a place of safety, and ultimately the protection of a permanent sanctuary, is the only meet solution to this situation.

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The following discussion, [initiated by NY activist Sarah Anikin, the same noble-hearted ARA who brought this situation to my attention last night, who can be emailed at sarah_54us@yahoo.com  if you have any comments/suggestions/POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS], provides more background on the problem and there are a number of activists collaborating on a solution that will be the most favorable for the birds:

http://forums.manhattanbirdclub.com/post?id=4966306&trail=15

I am a NJ activist, and I am asking each and every one of you who lives in NY or anywhere near Staten Island, to take an active role in helping to fend off any possibility of these birds being killed, as well as working together to bring this to the attention of individuals /organizations who can help us get these birds to a safe and permanent sanctuary(ies). It is becoming increasingly urgent to get these birds away from a decreasingly sympathetic local population, especially since many residents have become accustomed to feeding the birds; some of them are quite friendly and dangerously accustomed to humans - they will trustingly take food from car windows, even right from people's hands. That means, there will be a merciless bloodbath on Staten Island if a wild turkey cull is approved, but THERE IS something you can do to help us stop it...

Clearly, the birds Can and Must be relocated, perhaps to Woodstock, Kinderhook, etc , but, more immediately, until a relocation effort is agreed upon, orchestrated and executed, we must focus the major part of our attention/efforts on preventing ANY malicious harm from befalling these birds. HOW? By calling the relevant officials and KINDLY informing them that we STRONGLY disapprove of any killing, OPEN or CLANDESTINE, of wild turkeys in Staten Island. They must understand that relocation is not only a possibility, but an inevitability if the NY AR community, NY animal lovers in general, and more especially NY-based bird advocacy groups (several of whom, as indicated in the above link, have been alerted to the situation) can coordinate efforts and get the birds to a safe and permanent harbor, as they so rightly deserve. We must let them know that killing these turkeys, for the "needy" or for any other purpose, is a decision that we will NOT accept, and one that we will widely and vocally oppose every step of the way.

PLEASE call New York State DEC Officer Thomas Panzone at (718) 482-4958. Call him twice, three times even, claiming to be different people. Urge him, in your own words, NOT to allow the roundup , secretive "removal" and/or killing of Staten Island's wild turkeys....OR send them an email elaborating, as a NY taxpayer, your vigilant opposition to any proposed wild turkey cull in Staten Island.

DEC public affairs office e-mail: dpaeweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us 

IF anyone has any additional questions, suggestions, useful information etc, please feel free to contact me via signature info below, lets work on this together and get something done for these birds!!

Love and respect for ALL sentient beings,

Anthony Botti
Friends Of Animals United NJ (FAUN)
P.O. Box 732
Red Bank, NJ, 07701
phone (732)693-9044
fax (732)945-7053


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