Please do not allow the mass Geese slaughter in Windermere
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.
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