Over the past two years, New York City has contracted with Wildlife Services, a division of the USDA, to kill Canada geese. The birds are rounded up when they're molting and can't fly away, then taken to mobile gas chambers where they die a slow, painful death.
Officially, the birds are killed for air travel safety. But killing geese doesn't prevent bird strikes. Over the past two years, more than 2,800 geese have been killed, but more have moved in. According to In Defense of Animals, killing the geese is not only ineffective, but may even increase the traffic of Canada geese around the city's airports.
Many advocates believe that public safety isn't the real reason for killing the geese -- some people simply don't want to share their parks with the animals or their droppings.
The city needs to stop killing geese and start exploring more effective, humane solutions, such as landscaping policies to keep the birds away from the areas where they're considered a "nuisance."
Tell NYC Mayor Bloomberg to call off the Canada goose massacre.
Photo credit: smith_cl9
Stephanie Feldstein started this petition with a single signature, and now has 4,338 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.