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The comments below reflect my own personal, deeply held belief which
I hope is shared by you. What is the difference between the abuse and
cruelty toward the dog and abuse and cruelty proposed to be inflicted on
the Canada Geese?
We see this appalling article in the paper this morning and are
outraged that this loving animal friend has been beaten and kicked to
death. Yet, there is at the present time similar cruelty being proposed,
sanctioned by the Town of Carmel, against another species, not so
beloved in the public mind, a "nuisance" who deserves nothing less than
extermination: the Canada Geese.
Again, Lake Casse District officials have petitioned the town to kill
the geese. Two years ago we pleaded with members of the district to
initiate a comprehensive program of humane, non-lethal measures i.e.
addling and habitat changes and warned that if the slaughter were to
occur, the geese would return.
And not only Lake Casse, but this year Lake Secor has similarly
applied for a permit to kill. Is this not abuse? Is this not cruelty?
When are we going to realize that cruelty against one species will
only embolden the innately cruel among us to generalize their hatred to
those of the animal kingdom that we regard with love and affection?
It is not too late to initiate humane policies. The Town of Carmel
can contact GeesePeace, a recognized organization with a proven record
for successful implementation of humane, aversion techniques, which
received $250,000 grant from Senator Schumer's office, last year, to
replicate their program and they have done so in Orange and Nassau
Counties in New York and in many states of the United States.
PS: Should you wish to oppose this proposed slaughter, letters and
calls may be directed to: Robert Pozzi, Supervisor, Town of Carmel; Town
Hall; 60 McAlpin Avenue; Mahopac, NY 10512; 628-1500.
Canadian Geese Roundup: Two years ago, the town “collected”
geese from Lake Casse and Lake Secor. Presumably, the geese were
harvested for food. The board reported that they have a renewable permit
to collect 125 geese. It will cost $20,500 plus an additional amount for