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North Hempstead New York CANCELS Goose-Kill Plan

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North Hempstead New York CANCELS Goose-Kill Plan

From Friends of Animals (FOA)
May 2013

Special thanks goes to Long Island Orchestrating for Nature and GooseWatch NYC for collaborative efforts in this victory. Long Island newspaper The Island Now reports on the story and last week’s rally at Town Hall in which he announced the good news of the cancelled kill plan following our meeting with Supervisor Kaiman.

goose geese cull slaughterActivist efforts to challenge North Hempstead’s impending slaughter of hundreds of geese in town parks has succeeded, through a persistent community organizing effort and advocacy for humane, ecologically sound solutions for peacefully co-existing with geese. After issuing action alerts to members and supporters, and communicating with town officials, FoA coordinated with local residents to attend en masse the May 14th North Hempstead Town Board Council Meeting to directly speak in opposition to the kill plan to Supervisor Kaiman and Town Council Board Members. The overwhelming outcry and response from residents and others stunned North Hempstead officials and forced the kill plan on hold.

As pressure and media attention on town officials intensified, FoA pushed for a private meeting with Supervisor Kaiman—and succeeded in securing one on May 23rd, the day our protest was scheduled at the door of the North Hempstead Town Hall. In the 90 minute meeting, Friends of Animals offered lengthy and detailed information on both modifying park habitat (as outlined in our Canada Goose Habitat Modification Manual) and creating an effective clean-up policy for goose droppings on athletic fields and other grassy areas. The main theme of our advocacy is rooted in tolerance and respect for geese and the wildlife we share the landscape with—a required part of evolved suburban living. At the end of the meeting, we received verbal confirmation from Supervisor Kaiman that the plan to hire USDA Wildlife Service agents to gas the geese was officially cancelled, and that that the alternative actions we advised would be considered.

This week we received further confirmation from Deputy Commissioner Justin Meyer that Supervisor Kaiman met with USDA officials last week and stated that the kill option was no longer going forward. We plan to work closely with North Hempstead officials in ushering in new, progressive and respectful policies that regard geese and other wildlife as part of our shared environments—not a “nuisance” to be killed, harassed or tormented out of our sight.

Special thanks goes to Long Island Orchestrating for Nature and GooseWatch NYC for collaborative efforts in this victory. Long Island newspaper The Island Now reports on the story and last week’s rally at Town Hall in which he announced the good news of the cancelled kill plan following our meeting with Supervisor Kaiman.

Canada geese activists said they received a verbal commitment from Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman last Thursday morning that the town would not euthanize geese in town parks. “The point of our meeting was to get an official statement from Mr. Kaiman that the ‘kill’ option is off the table,” Birnkant said, “We’re very happy that Mr. Kaiman is willing to work with us.”