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Petitioning National Park Service Dave Avrin and 26 others

USDA Wildlife Services: Stop the Killing of New York's Canada Geese

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Thousands of Canada geese have been needlessly slaughtered by USDA Wildlife Services in New York parks, including Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.  

Other major cities around the world are keeping airports safe from potential bird strikes without resorting to lethal methods. Killing the geese is not an effective solution, and will only clear the area temporarily as other geese will repopulate the vacant desirable habitat, undermining the effectiveness of lethal measures.

Aviation experts have reiterated that culls will not improve aviation safety, and proven long-term, non-lethal strategies should be implemented to reduce and remove the physical conditions that attract geese and other wildlife to an airport, ultimately cheaper and safer. Birds can be kept out of the pathways of aircraft by employing proven radar detection systems and dissuasive tactics. Innovative techniques such as habitat modification are being used successfully to discourage populations of geese from colonizing. 

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.  USDA Wildlife Services uses methods to kill geese that are broadly understood to be grossly inhumane. During the hottest months of the year flightless geese and goslings are corralled, packed into turkey crates and transported to slaughterhouses or gas chambers.

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Letter to
National Park Service Dave Avrin
Representative Michael Grimm
Senator Charles Schumer
and 24 others
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Representative Charles Rangel
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Representative Yvette Clarke
New York State House
New York State Senate
New York Governor
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Bureau of Public Outreach
USDA Wildlife Services Martin Lowney
Representative Tim Bishop
Representative Pete King
Representative Sean Maloney
Representative Steve Israel
Representative Carolyn Mccarthy 2
Representative Gregory Meeks
Representative Grace Meng
Representative Nydia Velazquez
Representative Hakeem Jeffries
Representative Jerrold Nadler
Representative Joseph Crowley
Representative Jose Serrano
Representative Eliot Engel
Representative Nita Lowey
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Patrick J. Foye (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)
I am writing to express my opposition to the killing of geese in New York.

Thousands of Canada geese have been needlessly slaughtered by USDA Wildlife Services in New York parks, including Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Other major cities around the world are keeping airports safe from potential bird strikes without resorting to lethal methods. Killing the geese is not an effective solution, and will only clear the area temporarily as other geese will repopulate the vacant desirable habitat, undermining the effectiveness of lethal measures.

Aviation experts have reiterated that culls will not improve aviation safety, and proven long-term, non-lethal strategies should be implemented to reduce and remove the physical conditions that attract geese and other wildlife to an airport, ultimately cheaper and safer. Birds can be kept out of the pathways of aircraft by employing proven radar detection systems and dissuasive tactics. Innovative techniques such as habitat modification are being used successfully to discourage populations of geese from colonizing.

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. USDA Wildlife Services uses methods to kill geese that are broadly understood to be grossly inhumane. During the hottest months of the year flightless geese and goslings are corralled, packed into turkey crates and transported to slaughterhouses or gas chambers.

I urge you to take a stand against the killing of geese and other wildlife in New York parks and at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, and work with aviation experts and animal advocates to develop a plan that is humane and effective.