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From the Spring/Summer 2001 Issue

THANK YOU FOR GREAT WORK DONE!


NIGHTMARE GOOSE KILLS IN MISSOURI AND WASHINGTON

For comprehensive information about Canada geese, please see www.canadageese.org The Coalition to Prevent the Destruction of Canada Geese is a Committee of Wildlife Watch, Inc. Dr. Gregg Feigelson heads the Coalition, he is the web designer and webmaster. He can be reached via the website. Dr. Ann Frisch is the National Coordinator of the Coalition to Protect Canada Geese, an all-volunteer network of Canada goose protectors that includes the Coalition to Prevent the Destruction of Canada Geese.

Contact: Ann Frisch afrisch@voyager.net

Susan and George Dobbelaere, formerly of Weatherby Lake, Mo. led the battle to save the geese she came to intimately know. She said there had been lots of opposition and their local media received many calls the night of the roundup. Suzi was regularly interviewed and as she was watching the interview on TV, she saw footage of the shocking roundup, and the geese she came to know so well. She said that the ganders Fred and Eviel, and their mates had been together for 15 years since 1988. It "makes me sick....Fred and Eviel and mates Ethel and Pretty were not even very fertile anymore and laid only 2 eggs in 1999. I about lost it when I saw their faces. Fred/Ethel were so gentle and mild-mannered."

Excerpts from: Flyaway, a Eulogy. Posted by Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle – Kinship.Circle@worldnet.att.net

They’d traveled miles unknown, across blue abandon, to settle in this place. Their blueprint for survival: Fly as one. Live as one. Bond for life. In the end, they went uncelebrated in an ambush at daybreak. At 4 am on Thursday, June 21, field biologists silently hiked over wet grass. Flyaway, I prayed. Just flyaway. But they could not. Flightless and molting, their feathers fell in a bed of gentle petals as they slept unaware. The humans assembled in a ring, to deliberately force trapped birds into their nets. Together, the geese lurched unavoidably in a tangle of wings, beaks, honks, and screeches. Terrified, but still as one. What next? Loaded onto trucks, some containers held babies. Others imprisoned adults bound for the slaughterhouse.

Someone must have heard their cries, desperate and loud, as they were wrenched apart. Someone must have peered through a kitchen curtain to witness their struggle.

By the first light, not a single goose remained. The water barely rippled without its geese. In one spot, thousands of feathers on the grass in a soundless memorial. Not one bird left. Only feathers. Flyaway, I’d prayed. But in the end, they could not.

Thank you also to "The Seattle Goose People" who patrolled the parks and stood between the geese and their killers. They state: "The Goose People were private individuals who were entirely funded by private individuals whose only acknowledgement or reward is to have a goose whose life their donation saved named after them." "…We were successful in many of our attempts, yet failed at others. Our failures resulted in several hundred Seattle geese being asphyxiated in our parks. Our successes saved perhaps 1000 geese from the killer boxes." "…We have made the Canada goose kill a controversial issue in the Seattle area. It will be difficult for communities to again hire the USDA killers as a ‘solution’ to perceived Canada goose conflicts."


CONGRATULATIONS TO DONALD FEARE, ESQ. AND LOCO FOR THEIR MAJOR ROLE IN GETTING THE TEXAS ANTI-CRUELTY BILL PASSED.

Don wrote on June 7: Loco, a Beagle mix in Dallas had both of his eyes gouged out but still managed to drag himself home. After long care his eyes were lost, but he is doing fine. Yesterday, it was my honor to be an invited guest to the signing ceremony for a new law in our state. Gov. Rick Perry signed the new animal cruelty bill which makes most animal cruelty a felony punishable up to two years in jail. The signing was historical. It was the first time in history an animal has ever signed a bill into law. Both Gov. Perry and Loco signed the bill. That law will forever be filed with the laws of this state with both the governor’s signature and Loco’s paw print


IN RECOGNITION OF VIRGINIA GILLAS's WORK IN ANIMAL PROTECTION C.A.S.H. MEMBER AND ANIMAL PROTECTOR EXTRAORDINAIRE

We asked Virginia if we could write a brief biography of her animal work and she agreed. We just regret not having more space to say it all. Virginia was first made aware of the plight of animals by her parents. Later, she witnessed cruelty and neglect as she began to visit shelters. As a teenager, she dreamed of being rich and having many material possessions, but quickly grew out of that as she put animals first. She has never looked back nor regretted the many times when she had to pawn valuables to pay for food for all the unwanted, abandoned animals in distress. Although Virginia takes care of so many domestic animals, she also wants to help wildlife. She’s aware of the suffering of wild animals mainly through TV, and correspondence with wildlife protection organizations. The walls of Virginia’s room are covered with photos of wildlife, dogs, cats, people she admires and loves, and scenes of places she says she’ll never see. She said, "the room really belongs to the ‘castaways.’" Virginia is writing a book about her life doing rescue and adoptions. If you would like to correspond with Virginia, please privately e-mail us.

Please let us know about your work – what made you aware of wildlife, your early influences, and what you would do to raise consciousness among those who are still unaware. Kindly send a photograph by mail if you have one.


REMEMBERANCES AND THANK YOU'S

We deeply regret the passing of I.B. Sinclair. "Ben," as his friends called him, and Luke Dommer, the founder of C.A.S.H. knew each other well and appeared together on TV programs and other interviews to try to protect Ridley Creek State Park in PA from deer hunting. A quick check leads me to believe that it is still off-limits to hunting! Ben kept his affiliation with C.A.S.H. after Luke’s passing. He shared his list of friends with us, and once ordered ten C.A.S.H. hats for friends he was taking on a hike (perhaps a patrol). I was extremely moved when Ben called to tell me that he was seriously ill and wanted to say "good-bye." He arranged for a generous donation to be sent to C.A.S.H. Ben will always be an important part of C.A.S.H.’s history. We will miss Ben forever, he was one of the dedicated souls who makes this movement so effective, and our prayer is that he and Luke are reunited in spirit on another plane of existence. In our library, we treasure the video tape of Ben and Luke in a debate over hunting at Ridley Creek State Park. Please e-mail us if you would like a copy.

We are extremely saddened by the passing of Elizabeth Archer and are grateful for her generous bequest to C.A.S.H.

Thank you to Jerry and Susan Bolick for their contribution in memory of Janet Bolick

Thank you to Mrs. Mike Sheedy for her donation in memory of Virginia Anderson


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