GooseWatch NYC

4,694 supporters

GooseWatch NYC is an advocacy coalition committed to the preservation of New York City’s Canada geese and other wildlife.

Started 3 petitions

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Petitioning South Beach Psychiatric Center, Venetia Lannon, Michael Schiavone, Joe Pane, Martin Lowney, Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York State House, New York State Senate, New York Governor

No Future Killing of Staten Island's Turkeys!

Wild turkeys, long known for their presence in Staten Island, have been rounded up by USDA Wildlife Services and slaughtered. The contract between USDA Wildlife Services and South Beach Psychiatric Center cost taxpayers $16,000 to kill approximately 120 turkeys, but nothing has been accomplished! Dozens if not hundreds of turkeys still roam the area.  In 2013, nearly 30 turkeys were successfully relocated to Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties, NY and in 2014 an additional 100 turkeys were successfully relocated to And-Hof Sanctuary for Farm Animals in Hudson, NY, where they are currently residing peacefully. However, just as slaughtering turkeys will not provide a meaningful long-term solution to addressing the complaints and concerns of certain Staten Island residents, neither will the repeated relocation of turkeys upstate. A long term, sustainable way of addressing the issue is needed.We are urging South Beach Psychiatric Center not to enter into another contract with USDA Wildlife Services, continue dialogue with the community and animal advocacy groups to implement ways to diffuse the situation without killing any more turkeys.   The situation has been allowed to aggravate for the past decade, and while there isn't an overnight solution, preventing people from feeding these birds, and curbing the growth of their population by oiling eggs have not even been given a chance. We hope that some actions are taken before another contract is taken out to slaughter these turkeys. There's no doubt the slaughters could have been avoided, and still can be.   More information is available on our website www.goosewatchnyc.com 

GooseWatch NYC
3,737 supporters
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Petitioning Rob Astorino

Mamaroneck Mayor Norm Rosenblum: Don't kill Mamaroneck's geese

This petition is in response to Mamaroneck Mayor Norm Rosenblum decision to kill the town's geese this summer. http://westchester.news12.com/mamaroneck-mayor-orders-geese-population-be-euthanized-1.4695500 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. 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 Mamaroneck want tax dollars spent, and a horrid example for children to whom we teach tolerance and co-existence with wildlife. Killing the geese is not an effective solution, and will only clear the area temporarily as other geese will repopulate the vacant desirable habitat. A long term strategy is required to resolve the conflict. This unfortunate plan 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. Migratory geese will leave the area on their own in the spring, local populations that remain through the summer can effectively be controlled.

GooseWatch NYC
350 supporters
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Petitioning Mayor Miriam Levitt Flisser

Scarsdale Town Board: Don't kill the Library Pond geese

This petition is in response to Scarsdale Town Board's plan to kill the geese living at Library Pond this summer.    newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/01/19/scarsdale-officials-to-kill-pesky-geese-turn-them-into-meat/ 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.   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 Scarsdale want tax dollars spent, and a horrid example for children to whom we teach tolerance and co-existence with wildlife. Killing the geese is not an effective solution, and will only clear the area temporarily as other geese will repopulate the vacant desirable habitat. A long term strategy is required to resolve the conflict. This unfortunate plan 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. Migratory geese will leave the area on their own in the spring, local populations that remain through the summer can effectively be controlled.

GooseWatch NYC
607 supporters