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Scarsdale Geese Desperately Need Your Help

New York residents only - please click here to
email your comments to Scarsdale officials today!

Most New Yorkers would be shocked to learn of the ongoing extermination of families of Canada geese - mothers, fathers and their goslings - all across the United States, and now in Scarsdale, New York.

Sprain Lake golf course geeseAnd while geese are known to be incredibly devoted to their flock and family members, with parents often displaying impressive scare tactics to protect their goslings from attacks, they have absolutely no defense when agents of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Wildlife Services (WS) come to round them up and kill them.

The village of Scarsdale in Westchester County has contracted with WS, a tax-funded agency, notorious for its brutal methods of killing hundreds of thousands of wild animals every year. Now they are planning to round-up and kill the geese who make their home by the Audrey Hochberg Pond Preserve at the Scarsdale Public Library, and they plan to kill them in early summer, 2013. Click here to send an email right now!

If last year's extermination of nearly 500 geese at Sprain Lake Golf Course in Westchester County is any indication of what's to come, these birds will be rounded up during their molting period when they cannot fly and are entirely helpless. They will be packed in crates and trucked to a slaughterhouse to be killed. Their lifeless bodies will be donated to food banks with no consideration of the probable contamination of herbicides and pesticides used in areas where these birds lived.

Killing geese is never the answer. Geese repopulate the areas where they've been removed, locking communities into an endless, ineffective, brutal and costly killing cycle. The only beneficiary is WS, raking in millions of dollars by killing wild animals, many of them native species such as Canada geese. There are efficient and humane alternatives available.

What you can do:1) Use the form at this link to send an email to Scarsdale's Mayor and other village officials. Tell them that humane methods exist to provide long term solutions for communities, and treat geese with the respect they deserve. It's a win-win situation, but only with the political will of village officials. Urge them to take advantage of IDA's offer to provide the village with Ovo-Control-G AT NO COST, a proven, easily used method of oral birth control for geese.

Take action now:2) Follow up your message with a phone call to Alfred A. Gatta, Village Manager (914) 722-1110.

3) Please attend the nest meeting of the Scarsdale Parks, Recreation and Conservation Committee, where the plan to kill the geese will be addressed.

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 8 p.m.
Where: Parks Recreation and Conservation Scarsdale Villager Hall, 1001 Post Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583 – parking is available. Hall is on RT 22, North of Lord and Taylor and Mrs Greens.

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