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Friday, June 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
WAR Action Alert / NYC Wild Goose Killing
Winning Animal Rights (WAR) is planning a demonstration at Mayor Bloombergs House next friday (June 19) over New York Citys plan to capture and kill by gassing 2,000 wild geese. Rescuers have offered the authorities several options to the killing, including some methods proven to have been successful in other problem areas. Some wild-life preservationists have even offered to take and relocate hundreds of these doomed geese, but all to no avail. The authorites say there are no alternatives and are determined to go through with their killing plan. Well WAR has a plan for their plan. Wont you join them if you can? For more details, continue reading down, and pass this around to all your NYC friends of feathered friends!
ALERT FROM WAR;
Join Win Animal Rights this Friday evening, June 19, 2009, as we protest the killing of 2,000 Canada Geese by New York City. In a program devised by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office and with the complicity of the Port Authority, the USDA has already begun rounding up geese from New York City's neighborhood parks in the vicinity of the airports. This time of year the geese are easy to catch as they are molting and unable to fly. After capturing the geese they will be gassed. This despite the fact that there are numerous non-lethal alternative methods like habitat manipulation, dogs and non-lethal chemicals.
This is just another sham to make New Yorkers feel that the Mayor is concerned about safety instead of his own shameful re-election to an illegal third term. A term that is unethical and contrary to the will of the people, who have voted twice for term limits, which Bloomberg has conveniently overlooked. Recently the Mayor has made inconsiderate statements about the geese slaughter that have proven once and for all that he is cold hearted and that he has no compassion for the defenseless.
During his tenure, Bloomberg has stood in the way of humane and animal friendly legislation, while at the same time cutting funding to our city's shelters. His remarks have been rude, offensive and snarky and he is turning New York City into an animal unfriendly city. It is only a matter of time before this attitude starts to effect tourism as travellers turn to friendlier, more progressive cities to visit.
Date: Friday, June 19, 2009
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Bloomberg's Residence - 17 E. 79th St. (off 5th Ave)
If you cannot participate in the protest, please take the following action:
Contact Mayor Bloomberg:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
New York, NY 10020-1175
PHONE 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC)
FAX (212) 788-2460
or write the Mayor at home:
17 E. 79th St.
New York, NY 10075
Contact the Port Authority:
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
225 Park Avenue South, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 435-3730
Port Authority Corporate Headquarters
General number: (212) 435-7000
Public Affairs: (212) 435-7777
(Get a live person on the line and demand to speak to someone about the Canada Geese — keep calling until they respond)
Fax: (212) 435-4032
Anthony R. Coscia,
Chairman, Board of Commissioners
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Phone: (732) 846-2120 (direct line), 732-846-7600 (general number for Mr. Coscia's law firm)
Fax: (732) 846-8877
On-line Feedback form for Port Authority Board of Commissioners:
Note: Everyone is welcome at our protests and events. We will not limit your freedom of speech or your freedom of expression. We will not censor your signs or what you choose to wear.
Tuesdays Action June 16, 2009
Dozens Protest Killing of Geese Near Airports, NYC 6/16/09
Posted by: "rjyager" email@example.com rjyager
Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:31 pm (PDT)
Dozens Protest Killing of Geese Near Airports
By Rachel Cernansky
Rachel Cernansky for The New York Times Protesters decried a proposal
to remove at least 2,000 geese from more than 40 city-owned parks and
other facilities within five miles of the citys airports.
Just a few blocks north of Union Square, a crowd gathered outside the
Port Authoritys headquarters on Tuesday afternoon to protest New York
Citys plan to kill at least 2,000 geese during their molting season,
a time when the geese cannot fly. The protesters accused the mayors
office of planning the action in secret, in conjunction with the
federal Agriculture Department and the Port Authority of New York and
The Port Authority brushed off the protest, insisting that the culling
was necessary to prevent bird strikes and adding a rhyme for good
measure. Our responsibility is to think about safety for people
before peace for geese, a Port Authority spokesman, Stephen Sigmund,
The authorities announced the plan to kill the geese on Thursday, in
response to the bird strike that resulted in the nearly disastrous
ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January. The
first 100 geese were killed on Monday.
The protesters asserted that the geese culling was both inhumane and
This is absurd. This is not going to solve any problems, said Edita
Birnkrant, New York director of Friends of Animals, the group leading
the protest. This wont make planes any safer.
The geese that took down Flight 1549 on Jan. 15 were migratory geese,
while the geese that are going to be killed in the next few weeks are
resident birds, the protesters pointed out. The disruption of their
habitats would not have prevented the January incident, they said.
Ms. Birnkrant said the Port Authority is passing the buck, and that
officials there told her they would have looked into nonlethal
methods, but that the decision to destroy the birds had already been
made by the Agriculture Department. Ultimately, Ms. Birkrant argued,
it’s up to the mayor to approve the action.
This is a terrible precedent to set, that any time there is a problem
with wildlife to just slaughter them is not a way to solve the issue,
she said. The Humane Society of the United States says that Canada
geese can be effectively managed with nonlethal techniques like
aversive conditioning, egg addling and landscape management.
The protest saw up to 30 people chanting such slogans as, How many
geese did you gas today?? Asked whether the protest was having any
effect, Ms. Birnkrant said, A lot of people are giving the thumbs up
and are supporting us. Some people don’t even know that this is going
For their part, the authorities have said that the removal of the
geese is necessary and comes on top of other steps to protect the
This new initiative will build on measures the Port Authority is
already taking to eliminate wildlife hazards at the airports,
including the installation of a state-of-the-art bird radar trial
program at J.F.K. airport, hiring a second wildlife biologist two of
only seven airport biologists in the nation, expanding shotgun
training for field supervisors, and returning to Rikers Island for the
sixth straight year of roundups, Chris Ward, the Port Authoritys
executive director, said in a statement last week.
Martin Lowney, director of the Agriculture Department’s Wildlife
Services program, said last week that research had shown that resident
Canada geese in several New York studies stay within five miles of a
particular location and that 74 percent of wildlife strikes occur at
or near the airport. Removing the geese will improve public safety
without harm to the species as a whole, he maintained.
Coming events: Mark your calendars now!
June 20 & 21 - June Justice Weekend - Protests on behalf of Prisoners of Conscience
June 26 - 28 - Let Live Conference - Portland, Oregon
July 16 - 20 - AR2009 National Animal Rights Conference - Los Angeles
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