Please do not allow the mass Geese slaughter in Windermere
  • Petitioned Stop the cull of Geese in Windermere this spring

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Stop the cull of Geese in Windermere this spring

Please do not allow the mass Geese slaughter in Windermere

    1. Neil Ryding
    2. Petition by

      Neil Ryding

      Warrington, United Kingdom

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April 2012

Victory

Brilliant news - the council announced that they won't be continuing with the geese cull! When I started this campaign it felt like a lonely place so thank you to everyone who joined and helped get the terrible cull decision reversed.

Lots of people made this campaign victory happen, thank you to Brian May who tweeted the petition and to the Facebook pages Animal Aid, Amnesty for Animals and CCTV For Slaughterhouses which got on board really quickly and helped boost the number of petition signatures. Another unsung hero is Steph from the Canada Goose Conservation Society whose template I used for the petition to start with. You could not wish to meet a nice person and it has been a pleasure to have got to know her during the campaign. It was also fantastic when Clive Hartley resigned from the committee in protest and his local knowledge proved invaluable. I think what really ramped up the pressure was when the RSPCA threatened to prosecute any illegal activity. I just hope now that the Council do not try and visit the awful cull plans again.

 

I have used this template from the Canada Goose Conservation Society as a protest letter to send on with this petition against the mass slaughter of these beautiful creatures in the Lake District which is meant to be a place for wildlife to thrive.
"I am a supporter of the Canada Goose Conservation Society. I am writing to protest at the proposed culling of Canada geese in Windermere. There are humane alternative methods of population control if numbers really are a problem, such as:-
Restricting the feeding of geese to certain areas - which can then be kept clean
Habitat management (make access to water less easy or less visible by planting bankside vegetation)
Limited egg-control (whereby eggs can be prevented from hatching - but one should always be left unharmed, for humane reasons and also because geese will lay another batch if no eggs hatch out)
Have you tried any of these? The Wildlife and Countryside Act states that anyone applying for a licence to kill Canada geese must be satisfied that non-lethal methods of population control are either ineffective or impracticable before a licence to cull can be relied on. If you haven't attempted non-lethal measures, then you are laying yourself open to legal action.

People enjoy seeing Canada geese and scientific studies show that the numbers are now balancing out.Culling is inhumane for the following reasons:-
Shooting cannot guarantee 100% accuracy: a percentage of wounded and suffering birds is inevitable
Geese deprived of their life-long mates can pine to death (Konrad Lorenz)
Rounding up of flightless birds and then killing them is very stressful and cruel for those birds awaiting their turn to die.
Culling is also very expensive; has to be repeated regularly; and is very unpopular with the public. A recent petition against a threatened cull in a Bromley park was signed by 7,000 people.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Keep on with the great work!

      Neil Ryding
      Petition Organizer

      We handed the petition in on Friday and hopefully the publicity it got will highlight the cause further and the LDNPA will reverse this decision soon. We have decided to keep it open a little longer.
      Respect for Wildlife and Animal Aid have organised a peacefull protest for Saturday 10th March. We will hand over any additional signatures and also the comments people have made.
      The protest is going to be in Bowness at Lake Windermere with a 12pm start.
      For full details mail either respectforwildlife@orange.net
      or info@animalaid.org.uk
      Thanks so much once again for your support guys!

    3. Hand in!

      Neil Ryding
      Petition Organizer

      We handed the petition in yesterday with an excellent pack put together by Kathy from Respect for Wildlife. Am keeping this open a little longer and will send the additional signatures in with the original. Thanks for the great work guys!

    4. Petition hand in day!

      Neil Ryding
      Petition Organizer

      We are handing in this petition today Friday (24th) in Kendall at 1pm. I hope it has an effect and gets the decision reversed.
      There has also been a peacefull Demo organised in Bowness at Lake Windermere on Saturday 10th March at 12pm.
      Please go to Animal Aid on below link for full details or email nsrwa5@yahoo.com or kathycatsrescue@aol.com. They have been a great support in this campaign and I would urge everyone to support all of the great causes they are involved with!

      http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/AA/HOME/

      What a fantastic week we have had after Bill Oddie joined Brian May in his support and passing the 2500 signature mark!
      I am sorry that I cannot reply to individual messages still but the browser is not compatable on change or something which is why it won't let me send!
      Full contact details are on the petition updates section though for anyone wanting to get in touch!
      Thank

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures
    6. RSPCA

      Neil Ryding
      Petition Organizer

      I messaged the RSPCA about the petition and they have responded to me -

      Thank you for your online enquiry. The RSPCA is opposed to culling of wild animals unless not to do so would cause greater individual suffering. In this case, the RSPCA is opposed to the cull of Canada geese on Lake Windermere as there appears to be little evidence that the geese are responsible for the damage, pollution and public health issues attributed to them. The RSPCA would encourage the use of non-lethal methods of control. If a cull is to go ahead it must be done legally, under licence and using humane methods.

      We have written to Tim Farron (MP for Westmoreland and Lonsdale) outlining our opposition to the cull and asking him to intervene. In addition, our Chief Executive, Gavin Grant raised the issue during a meeting with Lord Taylor, the Government Minister with responsibility for animal welfare. We will continue to monitor the issue and voice our opposition at every opportunity.

      We believe very

    7. Brian Mays full statement

      Neil Ryding
      Petition Organizer

      This is Brian Mays full Statement:
      The proposed cull of Canada Geese in Windermere is the latest in a string of bad decisions to perceived problems relating to wild animals. The current climate of ignorance leads many people in authority, responding to the first complaint about an inconvenience or a loss in income, to reach for the gun. There is no need for me to comment about the multiple trumped-up bits of supposed scientific evidence offered to support this very ill-considered decision. All the justifications offered for the killing have been demolished by Animal Aid's analysis.

      This decision needs to be reversed, but not just because of the lack of scientific justification. There is a bigger picture. We have to start realising that all sentient creatures are worthy of respect. Just because a species is judged to be non-native is no justification for slaughtering innocent familes of animals. The present population of all creatures in the UK, including humans, is the result of a c

    8. 2000!!!!

      Neil Ryding
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much guys. Have hit the weekend target early! A week before we hand it in so lets so how many more we can get!

    9. Reached 2,000 signatures
    10. Brian May speaks out against the cull

      Neil Ryding
      Petition Organizer

      A fantastic guy. He is a true hero for animals and to see him support this campaign is superb!!

    11. Petition handing in!

      Neil Ryding
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much to Animal Aid and a couple of very special people for helping to put together
      the below!
      If you would like to help the campaign against the cull of the Canada geese at Lake Windermere, there are a couple of events coming up if you are in the area: petition hand-in at the Lake District National Park Authority, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road Kendal LA9 7RL on Friday 24th February at 1pm and a demo at Bowness on Winderemere on Saturday 10th March from noon.
      For details contact
      kathycatsrescue@aol.com
      kate@animalaid.co.uk
      nsrwa5@yahoo.co.uk

    12. Reached 1,500 signatures
    13. 1000 mark smashed!

      Neil Ryding
      Petition Organizer

      Excellent response this weekend! We have now passed the 1000 mark easily. I am setting a new target of 2000 and I think it can be reached within a few days. Thanks so much guys for the great work you are doing in signing and sharing this. So many of you have now shown you care so much about these geese and I know a lot of you like myself will never venture to the area again if they go ahead with this

    14. Reached 1,000 signatures
    15. Fantastic response!

      Neil Ryding
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much to everyone signing. I think the 1000 mark can be achieved before long now. I have gone from being despondent when I started this petition to being filled with warmth with the knowledge so many people care about these lovely creatures.
      Thanks to everyone for sharing the petition too. Keep up the great work guys. To say I am gratefull for your response is a huge understatement!

    16. Reached 500 signatures
    17. Thanks for caring guys

      Neil Ryding
      Petition Organizer

      I will keep you all updated regulary on this. I am going to send it to Lake District National Park Authority as they have proposed this and should look again and reverse this decision. I know I will never go to the Lake District again if they go ahead and kill these lovely creatures

    18. In the news!

      Neil Ryding
      Petition Organizer

      It has now made the local news! Hope for even greater numbers

    19. Reached 250 signatures
    20. Aiming for 500-1000 signatures!

      Neil Ryding
      Petition Organizer

      Really hope I can get to that mark! Have amended some wording so hopefully people searching for details on this story will be able to find this link easier. Please keep sharing guys as not got a lot of time before I will have to close and send it on as the plans have been put in place for spring.

    21. Past the 100 mark!

      Neil Ryding
      Petition Organizer

      A huge thanks to everyone who has signed so far!

    22. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Lynda Barnes BOLTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I am sick and tired of the desire to be rid of all things natural and beautiful. Our country is fast becoming a horrid place for our future generations (something the government is always quick to say they care about). Leave these beautiful birds alone. Soon there will be nothing left in this world to enjoy .

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    • DAVID VERNON BOLTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      BECAUSE I AM TOTALLY DISGUSTED THAT GODS CREATURES SHOULD BE UNNECESARILY KILLED.

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    • Ally Drysdale DUMFRIES, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      The geese have a right to be there. The pollution man causes all over world does not result in the culling of people !!!

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    • Terry Askew MARYPORT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Because this cull is cruel and unjust.

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    • C Lunn LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Totally cruel and ineffective.

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