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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704
February 4, 2013
CONTACT MAMARONECK RE GEESE SLAUGHTER
The newest addition to the slaughter-fest for geese in Westchester
County is the Village of Mamaroneck. As many of you know, there have
been victories in other municipalities here recently that already
enacted, or wanted to enact, mass slaughter of their geese residents.
After repeated intervention by advocates, Yonkers stated to the media
that it is 'highly unlikely' they will do another slaughter; and
Scarsdale has stated they are not signing a 'cull' contract with the
USDA, but instead will consider many other options that have been
presented to them by geese advocates and concerned residents.
It is especially outrageous that Mamaroneck has made this decision for
the following reasons:
*They recently purchased a 'RAY VAC' with
$30,000 of taxpayer money! This is a larger version of the Nature Sweep
cleaning system being used in several venues (www.naturesweep.com)
which, rather than disbursing or disturbing the geese, addresses the
droppings. It makes absolutely no sense to kill the geese especially in
light of this purchase.
*Mamaroneck has had ongoing problems
with its sewage system for years, which they admit and was just reported
in NY NEWSDAY. Mamaroneck's water supply also contains HUMAN FECAL
MATTER - which would not be cured by killing their geese residents.
Mamaroneck residents report removing CONDOMS and garbage from boats
from the water (there are of course several monied people who keep boats
at Mamaroneck pier). Others report seeing used kleenex, discarded hair
clips and tanning bottles in the water; its unlikely that the geese were
responsible for any of them.
*The slaughter is NEVER 'humane' -
the geese and their babies are rounded up when they can't fly, and are
gassed while they cry and struggle to breathe.
KILLING THE GEESE
IS CRUEL AND POINTLESS; others will come into the area. Mamaroneck Pier
is an inviting, open space of grass expanses and access to Long Island
Sound - attractive to people and birds...and for many people, the birds
are PART of the attraction. At the end of this alert are wonderful
quotes from Scarsdale residents pleased that their geese will not be
As one Scarsdale resident poignantly stated at the Board of
Trustees meeting, "Pooping should not be a capital crime!"
IS A LIST OF MAYORAL CONTACTS, PLUS THEIR SENATOR, ASSEMBLYPERSON, ETC.
Please send polite, emphatic letters to all, voicing your objection to
this noxious, inhumane plan:
MAYOR NORMAN S. ROSENBLUM:
LOUIS S. SANTORO, DEPUTY MAYOR
LEON POTOK, TRUSTEE
BERMUDEZ HALLSTROM, TRUSTEE
JOHN FILIBERTI, DISTRICT 7,
OFFICE OF LEGISLATOR JUDITH MYERS
EXECUTIVE ROB ASTORINO
STEVEN OTIS, ASSEMBLYPERSON, 91
GEORGE LATIMER, NYS SENATE, 37
FROM THE SCARSDALE DAILY VOICE:
“It’s shocking to me that they would have even considered such a drastic
measure in the first place,” Sargent road resident Mohammad Jamal said.
“The geese are as much a part of the community as the rest of us. You
can’t just get rid of things that are inconvenient to you.”
good they came to their senses before it was too late,” Alli Jones said
outside of the Scarsdale train station. “There are so many other options
Recently retired Scarsdale teacher Stephen Sepe
said the geese and pond are an indispensable learning tool for the high
“The geese are a part of the life of the school,” he said.
“They would nest there and provide the students direct contact to
nature. I would often talk about the geese in my classes, and really
felt they were an important vehicle for teaching respect for life. The
idea of doing harm to the animals is appalling, and I don’t understand
that the powers that be would even contemplate such a measure.”
FACTS ABOUT GEESE:
- mate for life and will stay together throughout
- are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Mating season is February - early April, which is when they are most
vulnerable and cannot fly.
- Geese return to the area of their birth
each year to mate and nest.
- They are protective of their babies and
nurture them just as people do.
- They like to sleep on water to
Some items currently used to avoid killing geese are
The Goosinator, Geesebusters, and Naturesweep (a
and whisking service)
**For more facts and information
visit www.wildlifewatch.org and www.goosewatchnyc.org
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR HELPING THE GEESE AND BEING THEIR VOICE
ANIMAL DEFENDERS OF WESTCHESTER
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