Don't kill Cornwall's Canada geese!
  • Petitioning Randy Clark

This petition will be delivered to:

Supervisor
Randy Clark
Town Board Member
Helen Bunt
Town Board Member
Peter Russell
Town Board Member
J. Kerry McGuinness
Appointed Assistant Supervisor
James McGee
Town Board Member
Elizabeth Longinott

Don't kill Cornwall's Canada geese!

    1. Petition by

      GooseWatch NYC

Last summer, USDA Wildlife Services contracted with Cornwall Town Board to kill local geese. They killed approximately 139 in the area – 14 at Rings Pond in Cornwall, 70 in Cornwall-on-Hudson, an adjoining village, and 55 in another Cornwall area.  Local residents and animal advocates were devastated and outraged. 

As a result of pressure from animal advocates, the Town formed a “Geese Committee” to suggest non-lethal methods of geese control, yet astonishingly the Town Board recently dissolved the Committee with no explanation and no commitment to using non-lethal methods.  Local residents are VERY concerned that the Town will hire the USDA to kill the geese by brutally capturing them and sending them to a slaughterhouse as they did last year!  This is unacceptable!

PLEASE URGE THE BOARD NOT TO KILL THE GEESE!

Canada geese are beautiful, intelligent birds who mate for life, fiercely protect their eggs and young, and display loyalty for other members of their flock. The methods that USDA Wildlife Services uses to kill geese are controversial and widely understood to be grossly inhumane - during the hottest months of the year flightless geese and goslings are corralled, packed into turkey crates and transported to slaughterhouses or gas chambers.

Killing the geese is not effective - countless examples have demonstrated that roundups and slaughters only clear the area temporarily, as other geese eventually repopulate the vacant desirable habitat.  

The unfortunate plan to slaughter geese can be avoided by making a commitment of simple steps, such as cleaning up the grass with machines that pick up goose droppings, and making landscape modifications which hamper access to the pond and prevent geese from colonizing the pond’s surrounding area. 

Killing geese and other birds has proven to be an ineffective approach to preventing collisions with airplanes. “I have not seen where [culling] has been effective as a long-term solution," said Jim Hall, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board under the Clinton administration. Ron Merritt, a biologist and former Chief for the Air Force’s Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard Team agrees, adding, “Killing 1,000 geese really isn't going to do anything. If you kill them, nature will fill that vacuum and a new species will pop up in its place." 

Feeding the goose meat to food pantries is not acceptable - it is a ruse designed to spin an act of needless killing into an act of charity, and doing so puts human health at risk. Meat from slaughtered geese has been delivered to food banks with a warning label from the NYS Health Department that it should not be consumed more than twice per month because it may have been exposed to environmental contaminants. 

There is no scientific basis that geese dropping pose a threat to human health. Killing the geese is counter to public opinion, not how the residents of Cornwall want tax dollars spent, and a horrid example for children to whom we teach tolerance and co-existence with wildlife. Cleaning goose poop is more humane, and more effective.

PLEASE CONTACT THE TOWN BOARD IN CORNWALL  AND URGE THEM TO USE NON-LETHAL METHODS OF GEESE CONTROL. DO NOT LET THE GEESE BE KILLED BY THE USDA AS THEY WERE LAST YEAR DURING MOLTING SEASON. THE BOARD HAS BEEN PRESENTED WITH NUMEROUS WAYS TO CONTROL THE POPULATION – KILLING THEM IS NOT AN OPTION!

 

Randy Clark, Supervisor:  rclark@cornwallny.gov   (845) 534-3760

James McGee: mcgeeatlarge@gmail.com

Elizabeth Longinott:  elonginott@gmail.com

Helen Bunt:  hbunt1@verizon.net

Peter Russell: prussell556@gmail.com

J. Kerry McGuinness:  jkerrymcg@aol.com

 

Cornwall Town Hall Workshop Meeting:

 

TUES, JUNE 3 – 7pm

 

Cornwall Town Hall

183 Main St

Cornwall, NY 12518

 

For further info, contact

Elaine Sloan

elainesloan@nyc.rr.com

(917) 364-6904

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    • Ariel Foong SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • 23 days ago

      I hate to see such cruelity done. Please don't do it

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    • Sheila Bolin KISSIMMEE, FL
      • 4 months ago

      The indiscriminate killing of any wildlife without sound research is a travesty. NY should not be paying USDA Wildlife Services to kill any wildlife without an environmental impact study and then, only humane non-lethal methods imposed. Sheila Bolin

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    • joan harrison NEW YORK, NY
      • 5 months ago

      The mass murder of geese in Canada and the United States is part of a much larger war on wildlife and on domesticated animals, including food animals. The killing of innocents

      --apart from being an abomination in itself--is devastating to human morale. The "non-native" excuse wreaks of xenophobia and ethnic cleansing with echoes from the last world war. Almost certainly the American military is behind such killings. Some people are arguing that the mass exterminating of farmed animals--nearly 11 billion per year, excluding fish, in the United States alone--could easily be characterized as a crime against humanity under the Rome Statutes. (The crushing of human morale, by the way, is itself an old military strategy preparatory for the imposing of tyranny on a populace.) Anyone with skill in the legal arena who is concerned about this issue should think about filing a lawsuit with the International Criminal Court. Whatever good petitions may do is too often only temporary. Information on the military link to the farmed animal Shoah is available at...http://sites.google.com/site/doculeaks/executive-docs. Read "97 updates.doc" first.

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    • Nicole Philippi CORNWALL, NY
      • 5 months ago

      I am a Cornwall resident, I take my young daughters to the pond to enjoy the geese, ducks, and swans, and I believe in the ethical treatment of animals.

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    • Gita Nadas ROCK TAVERN, NY
      • 5 months ago

      because it supports something a friend is dedicated to

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