MAYOR ANNOUNCES THAT EDGEWATER WILL NOT BE SIGNING USDA CONTRACT TO KILL GEESE
Feb 27, 2017 — Despite signing an earlier contract with USDA to round up and kill Canada geese, last July Edgewater's Mayor Michael McPartland claimed that the town was going to use nonlethal methods. Since August, APLNJ (LOHV-NJ's sister organization) volunteer Jim Mazzone has attended each town meeting to monitor Edgewater's goose plans and to hold the mayor to his statement. A few days ago Jim reported that the Mayor McPartland told the public that Edgewater had not renewed the USDA contract and that it plans to pursue nonlethal strategies.
Bergen Record Article (July 18, 2016)
" McPartland also turned down an offer by activists to help fund and implement habitat modifications and other non-lethal methods of goose population control.
'We do our own research,' McPartland said. 'We're going to modify, and we're going to make all those changes on our own.'"
At the February 21, 2017 meeting, Jim asked the mayor to explain the town's position. Please click on the audio link below to hear the message that Jim left for Doreen Frega, associate director of outreach and advertisement and one of APLNJ's Edgewater campaign coordinators.
Jim did a fabulous job, even though he felt out of his comfort zone and had worried about the approaching meeting all day. We understand that feeling all too well, Jim, but you did what needed to be done. We're proud of you!
Listen to Jim's voicemail here: (Paste into your browser.)
Given the mayor's and council's previous hostility toward geese and nonlethal approaches, APLNJ is not resting on any laurels and intends to pursue its work in this township.
APLNJ's SaveEdgewaterGeese.com website can be used as a model for other localities that continue to employ cruel and ineffective USDA killing methods.
We thank all of the activists and local town folks who came to meetings and protests, and everyone who helped with educate the public, donated toward the billboard, cleaned up the goose poop and more. Your efforts paid off.
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