- New York State Department of Environmental ConservationBureau of Public Outreach
- Patrick J. FoyeExecutive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
- USDA Wildlife ServicesMartin Lowney, NY Director
- Melissa Mark-ViveritoNYC Council Speaker
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Ms. Letitia JamesNYC Public Advocate
Stop the Killing of NYC's Canada Geese and other Wildlife
Since 2009, thousands of New York City's Canada geese have been killed each summer by USDA Wildlife Services in the name of air safety. The killing is inhumane and lacks scientific merit.
GooseWatch NYC advocates for non-lethal and more humane approaches to resolving conflicts between people and willdife. Whether dealing with aviation safety, nuisance issues, or health and safety concerns, we don't believe that killing is the solution.
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 used to kill geese are controversial and inhumane. During the hottest months of the year, flightless geese and their baby goslings are corralled, packed into turkey crates, and transported to slaughterhouses or gas chambers.
Killing the geese isn’t an effective approach to preventing collisions with airplanes. Countless examples have demonstrated that roundups and slaughters only clear the area temporarily, as other geese eventually repopulate the vacant desirable habitat.
Many aviation experts and wildlife biologists do not agree with USDA's continued justifications of the NYC Canada goose removal program.
“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."
- Ron Merritt, a biologist and former Chief for the Air Force’s Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard Team
“I have not seen where [culling] has been effectiveas a long-term solution."
- Jim Hall, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board under the Clinton administration.
New Yorkers oppose the killing of NYC's Canada geese and other wildlife, and are particularly interested as millions of taxpayers’ dollars are wasted on these ineffective programs. Our wildlife deserve protections from the many threats they face, not extermination because of inconveniences they pose.
With the help of aviation and wildlife experts, as well as animal advocacy organizations, we hope NYC will move towards a more humane and more effective way of addressing conflicts between people and animals.
Please sign our petition to urge the city to do right by these beautiful, living creatures.
Read the USDA's full report on the NYC Canada Goose Removal Program 2009-2014:
For more information visit www.goosewatch.nyc
- Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Patrick J. Foye
- Martin Lowney, NY Director
USDA Wildlife Services
- NYC Council Speaker
- Mayor of New York City
Bill de Blasio
- New York State House
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- NYC Public Advocate
Ms. Letitia James
Please end the unnecessary killing of Canada geese and other animals in New York City's parks and public spaces.
It's time for the City of New York to step back from NYC's Canada goose removal policy of the previous administration and end its contract with USDA Wildlife Services. Especially after seeing the policy in action for five years, it is clear that the policy is a mistake - ineffective, inhumane, and costly.
USDA Wildlife Services has killed thousands of Canada geese in NYC parks over the past 5 summers, and thousands more at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in the name of aviation safety.
Since 2009 when the killing of Canada geese in NYC parks began, the total number of goose strikes remains virtually unchanged. Capt. Sullenberger, who heroically landed the "Miracle on the Hudson" was recently quoted in National Geographic saying, "What happened to us could happen tomorrow." Many aviation experts and wildlife biologists do not agree with USDA's continued justifications of the NYC Canada goose removal program.
Canada geese are not the only animals that have been slaughtered in New York City when alternatives should have been exhausted. For example, dozens of wild turkeys have been slaughtered on Staten Island, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars, while also failing to resolve some of the local community members' complaints, mostly about the turkeys poop.
Many New Yorkers oppose killing Canada geese and other NYC wildlife and enjoy and appreciate our shared existence in this city. Furthermore, taxpayers have spent millions of dollars on these ineffective programs.
It's time to stop allowing USDA Wildlife Services to slaughter Canada geese and other animals in our state, cities, and local parks, without exhausting non-lethal management techniques and community notification and input.
With the help of aviation and wildlife experts, as well as animal advocacy organizations, we hope NYC will move towards a more humane and more effective way of addressing conflicts between people and animals, and restoring our parks and public spaces to places that geese and other wildlife can exist peacefully.
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