April 22, 2011 / Brooklyn news / Meadows of Shame

End Bloomberg’s slaughter of the innocents

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The Bloomberg Administration and the City Council are on a collision course over whether hundreds of geese will be brutally slaughtered in Prospect Park this summer.

Neither side is offering a real way of properly protecting geese and airline passengers, but we side with the Council, which is proposing legislation that would at the very least keep the public aware of what is being done in its name.

The Bloomberg Administration instead has been dishonorable and untrustworthy whenever geese are involved.

Last July, of course, the mayor ordered the middle-of-night, unannounced slaughter of all Canada geese in Prospect Park after deciding — again in secrecy — that the kill-zone around city airports would be extended from five miles to seven miles, even though federal experts told him that the smaller radius was fine.

Since that outrageous, brutal act — which highlighted the need to employ existing, proven and humane methods for dealing with geese — the administration has kept its focus on one “solution” to flying animals: rounding them up and killing them.

Last month, the city announced that it would hire a “wildlife biologist” from the federal Department of Agriculture to “manage” goose populations around the city. Make no mistake about the scientific job title or the benign-sounding name of the federal agency; wildlife biologists are deployed to kill animals, and the USDA is the very agency that hires them to do so.

There’s no “wildlife biology” going on here — there is just death. No wonder the Department of Sanitation is the city agency handling the contract. To this mayor, managing the city’s wildlife population is simply a matter of calling in a garbage collector.

The Council bill — Introduction 513 — is a BB gun against the Trident missiles that the mayor is using. It would create an 11-member “wildlife management advisory board” that has about as much teeth as a newborn gosling. The board would develop a “citywide wildlife management plan,” which is just jargon for a document that will end up on a shelf. The mayor can ignore the plan, and city agencies would be bound only to “consider the effect that their initiatives … have on wildlife and strive to ensure that such initiatives are in furtherance of the goals of the wildlife management plan.”

Still, it’s a start. Anything that encourages the Bloomberg Administration to view New York City as an ecosystem answerable to more than just humans and their airplanes is a positive thing. Indeed, there’s a larger issue here.

We could wax poetic about the grace of geese in flight or the importance of exposing urban kids to even a tiny bit of natural beauty. But lofty prose has nothing to do with the essential facts in this story: slaughtering innocent animals because they sometimes get in our way is simply bad stewardship of the environment — and such recklessness sends a powerful message to the next generation that humans can do with the planet whatever we wish, regardless of the needs of the nearly two million other species of plants and animals with which we share the space.

There’s a better way. And the Council bill is better than Mayor Bloomberg’s cruelty.

Updated 5:24 pm, July 9, 2018
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Or from Yellow Hook says:
First Annual Goose Roast to be Held at Littchfield Mansion.

All You can eat! Rid the park of these pests and welcome back the native loons and cranes!
April 22, 2011, 7:43 am
MB from WT says:
You got that right!!
April 22, 2011, 8 am
MB from WT says:
My comment above was not in reference to Or's comment but rather on Brooklyn Paper's continued concern for the geese and the community and for telling it like it is.

Thanks Gersh and staff
April 22, 2011, 8:06 am
PattyA from Manhattan says:
Not sure who wrote this editorial, but it is a MASTERPIECE!

Every word, every sentence, the bare truth spelled out.

Should be required reading for everyone who's ever smiled at the sight of wildife in our parks.

Thank you so much, Brooklyn Paper for being on top of this abomination from day one and for seeing through and exposing all the lies and whitewashes used to justify it.

Its inspiring to know that investigative journalism still exists and the Brooklyn Paper has exemplified that at its very best.

Kudos to the writer of this brilliant piece that truly says it all.
April 22, 2011, 8:23 am
David from Brooklyn says:
Bloomberg needs to hear the message above in thsi editorial LOUD and CLEAR! HE is an atrocity, dishonorable and untrustworthy on many accounts.

He needs to get the hell outta town and treat wildlife with respect.

But first, he needs to understand what respect means.

Thank you Brooklyn Paper.
April 22, 2011, 8:49 am
pecosd from Park Slope says:
according to google earth, both airports are over 9 miles away.
Try it for yourself, please.
A proper article! who wrote it?
April 22, 2011, 11 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Gassing is better than bow and arrow, but glass marble in a sling shot is faster.

The feathers can be used for harpsicords, the meat turned in to pet food, or fertilizer.

And next year there will be another supply.

Geese the Kudzu of Water Fowl!
April 22, 2011, 11:21 am
pecosd from Park Slope says:
to Or.

I went to park yesterday & saw very few geese.
What is acceptable to you? No geese? I am just curious about your thoughts. Not looking to antagonise you further.

April 22, 2011, 11:46 am
J Griffin from Park Slope resident says:
@OR, This is not about whether an animal is considered the "kudzu of waterfowl", but rather lack of respect for any life form, the lack of transparency to the community and the wool that the government continually tries to pull over the eyes of citizens.

These are innocent animals being slaughtered to appease the morons who run the government.

This story has attained worldwide attention.
Must be something wrong if it's shocking people around the globe, huh?
April 22, 2011, 12:01 pm
Betty Butler from New Jersey says:
The killing of the Canada geese is offensive, totally ineffective and selfserving to the govt. agency doing it because of monetary gain from killing contracts supported by tax payer's dollars. Note the killing is repeated yearly once started in the great majority of cases. Non lethal humane methods are effective and less costly and most importantly don't compromise or threaten humanity's responsibility to protect it's own survival as well as that of all of the nonhumans sharing the Earth and dependent upon delicate ecological balance kept safe by human understanding and respect.
April 22, 2011, 1:29 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
We can always reason with the geese, and US Airways has plenty more jets to land in the Hudson.
April 22, 2011, 3:46 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
The Brooklyn Flea will be featuring Prospect Foie Gras.
April 22, 2011, 10:50 pm
bether from upstate says:
Some one's going get accidently hurt and it will end all this s...too bad it’s going to be some innocent bystander…
April 23, 2011, 11:57 am
K. from the TeaParty says:
Liberals like "Or" really cheese my biscuit! They just _love_ to take my hard earned money in taxes and spend it on pointless make work program like a goose cull. So the airlines need _more_ taxpayer subsidies to function? These people can't take a bowel movement without the taxpayer being there to wipe. And you're going to kill all 2.5 million of those geese, huh? Go back to Kenya with your socialist President, Or!
April 23, 2011, 12:10 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
No need for a government program, I'd do it for nothing.

As a matter of fact, I might start tonight.
April 23, 2011, 1:14 pm
al pankin from downtown says:
the sooner the city gets rid of the geese the better...they should have a contest with a prize for the most geese bagged. they are a pest and dangerous.
April 23, 2011, 4:55 pm
PattyA from Manhattan says:
Or: Not smart to make threats of law-breaking on a public web site.

It is against the law to harm wildlife in city parks. The govt may do that, but not the public.

If any PP geese turn up harmed or dead, there are numerous posts of yours threatening harm to them. They might be the first place for humane law enforcement to look.
April 24, 2011, 8:26 am
PattyA from Manhattan says:
Very interesting.

This article is from a hunter alarmed at "the declining numbers of resident Canada geese.

Thanks, Bloomie for helping send our beloved geese near the brink of extinction once again.

No species can survive mass shootings, gassings, harassment AND egg destruction!
April 24, 2011, 8:29 am
Mark Lieber from Brooklyn says:
Pretty soon the City will begin its annual pesticide program to rid the parks of rats. Are we going to protest?
April 24, 2011, 1:10 pm
Justine from Prospect Ave says:
Actually, I have no problem with rats. They are more intelligent and clean than most people I know.

I'd protest.
April 24, 2011, 7:24 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
No species can survive mass shootings, gassings, harassment AND egg destruction

That's the idea.

The article you site is from Illinois - NOT NY.

The geese (they have wings - maybe you noticed) avoid places where they are hunted. Instead they go to places like Prospect Park, and those corporate HQ in NJ.

They are nowhere near extinct. endangered, or threatened. The loones, cranes, black ducks and swans have been pushed out by the geese - Brooklyn Paper claims to love birds, yet these birds don't count to them.
April 25, 2011, 4:12 pm

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