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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


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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This petition was delivered to:
  • National Park Service
    Dave Avrin
  • Representative
    Michael Grimm
  • Senator
    Charles Schumer
  • 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
    Jerry 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)

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