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[GooseNet] ALERT - TIME SENSITIVE - New Jersey

Please contact the NJ Senators below. Also contact the Union County Parks Department - Debbie Judd at 908-527-4900 This is in reference to the Union County, NJ goose slaughter in county parks that I posted yesterday. Many thanks.

Best, Sharon

Emergency Alert PLEASE FORWARD Time Sensitive

Dear Animal Advocates:

Once again, Union County officials are "responding" to wildlife presence in parks and golf courses through wide scale killing -- this time by gassing 2,700 geese. Now. Today. Please read the Star-Ledger article, below.

Simply put, county officials in charge of parks are pro-kill, pro-fish and game. USDA's Wildlife Services (formerly the notorious Animal Damage Control), which re-tooled for suburban work a few years ago by ordering CO2 portable gas chambers, actually describes itself as a business.

Employees are paid though kill contracts like the $20,000 agreement in Union County. USDA in effect advertises the service and agitates for kills by describing the birds as a "health-threat." All in-house, all very effective.

CO2 causes breathing so rapid it becomes unbearable. Three geese are stuffed into the boxes at a time. Non-lethal alternatives, including lasers, dog decoys with moving parts, exist. GeesePeace, from Washington D.C., is nationally known for successfully using integrated non-lethal techniques to lessen goose and human conflict. They should immediately be asked to step in in Union County.

Please channel your outrage into action. The U.S. Senate controls funding for USDA. New Jersey's two senators, especially the powerful John Corzine, can indeed bring pressure to bear to stop this killing. Now.

Please call, e-mail or fax their offices TODAY. Many thanks. And please let us know of any responses. Please keep your message short and succinct:

Stop the gassing in Union County/non-lethal alternatives exist. Thanks. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. LIVES CAN BE SAVED -- PLEASE PHONE, E-MAIL OR FAX.

Sue Russell
Center for Animal Protection

US Senators

Hon. Jon Corzine: CALL HERE IMMEDIATELY 973-645-3030
502 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-4744
Fax: 202-228-2197

Hon. Frank Lautenberg
324 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3224
Fax: 202-228-4054


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