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Stop SIUE from trapping and killing the geese residing on campus.

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If you've ever stepped foot on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus, you have seen the geese. You may have even experienced them first hand. These geese are legendary. You will find them walking the sidewalks with you, chilling on a bench, and crossing the crosswalk in multiples (Hey, at least they are using the crosswalk.) Yes, there are very many of them, but it is their environment. The administrators of SIUE along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture want to trap these geese during mid-June and July.

In an e-mail I received as a student of SIUE, it said, "There are many documented instances regarding geese attacking individuals, building nests close to building entrances that have hampered staff and students from entering their daily place of business and other aggressive behavior.

Over the past 10 years, the University has attempted a variety of non-lethal methods in attempts to attain a balanced population. Despite these efforts to manage the population, it has continued to grow and become overly abundant in recent years.

As a result, the Chancellor’s Council has approved an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to perform a “Charity Harvest.” This event will occur approximately between mid-June and mid-July.

- The geese are gathered up while they are molting flight feathers and cannot fly

- After capture, they are humanely transported to a processing center

- They are processed into food products and provided to charitable organizations for distribution to needy individuals

This technique has been used effectively in many states throughout the Midwest.

The strategy will bring the goose population on campus to an appropriate and safe level, while creating an optimal balance between the positive values and conflicts with resident Canada geese."

These geese are not as dangerous as they have made them out to be. Yes, no one likes being hissed at by a goose, but does that mean it deserves to die? I think not.

It is unethical, it will not solve the problem, and there are humane alternatives. 1. To kill wild birds because we find them to be a nuisance is not ethical or necessary. This tactic is condemned by The Humane Society of the United States as “inhumane, ineffective and costly.” The Canada Geese are part of the natural beauty of our campus.   2. It will not solve the problem. This tactic may provide a temporary fix, but in the long run it will just free up prime real estate for more geese to move into. According to the HSUS, “The best way to solve conflicts with Canada geese is with a multi-pronged plan that humanely reduces the goose population and changes the habitat so it is less attractive to geese.”   3. There are alternatives. Humane programs have been successfully resolving conflicts with resident Canada geese in many communities for years. The national organization GeesePeace focuses on effective and long-term humane solutions.

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