Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bergen County Parks Department. New Jersey. USDA. Geese gassed to Death. Stop the Killing.

I am crossposting an alert from the Animal Protection League of New Jersey (APLNJ) regarding the gassing of Canadian geese in Bergen County, NJ parks. This is particularly disturbing for me since Canadian geese are non-aggressive animals and they are the most visible wildlife in parks like Van Saun Park in Paramus.

Geese are very family-oriented and it isn't a stretch at all when I say that they have better family values than many humans on this planet. They take care of their young and they stick with their mates. Some humans can definitely take lessons from geese on how to become a loving and protective family member. I am not one who believe that the geese are a nuisance in the park. Rather, they are sentient and therefore their lives have value. To gas whole families of geese is inhumane. Gassing can take as long as fifteen minutes. Read the message below and learn about the duplicitous work of the Bergen County Parks Department. The areas particularly affected are Saddle River County Park, specifically in the Otto Pehle area, the Rochelle Park area, the Ridgewood Duck Pond, and the Glen Rock Duck Pond.


Dear Friends of Wildlife,

Yes - Canada geese are wildlife too and deserve the right to live their lives. Canada geese are monogamous, form strong family ties and mourn deeply the loss of family members. So please help the plight of Bergen County geese.

Please Email/Call This Week & Rally for Geese Sat. 7/3/10

Background: The Bergen County, NJ parks contracted the USDA to begin gassing geese late last week pre-dawn, under the cover of darkness, so nobody would know (@ 6/25/10). If not for an eyewitness who happened upon the scene @ 6:30 am when it was finishing, we never would have known. The geese are currently molting and therefore, they are flightless, with no chance of escape! Imagine their terror as they were shoved into trucks with Carbon Dioxide. What makes this particularly sad is that the Bergen County, NJ parks department has worked with GeesePeace over the last 3 years! GeesePeace is a group of volunteers who perform humane goose population control methods. Ridgewood GeesePeace, the local group, has a weblog about their efforts in Ridgewood, as well as the county parks http://nopoop07450.blogspot.com/ (They’ve oiled hundreds of eggs in Bergen County, & can work with towns who need site aversion programs, etc.) If GeesePeace is a presence in Bergen Co. already, then why pursue lethal techniques? Go to www.geesepeace.org for more facts for your emails and calls. There are alternatives!

Actions to Take: 1. Write and call the Bergen County Parks Dept. Director Raymond Dressler rdressler@co.bergen.nj.us & Executive Dennis McNerney http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/bcresources/MailUs.aspx - you complete a form (Info. below & so is my sample email. ) 2. Help me raise awareness! Rally for Geese – Sat. July 3rd 12:00 – 1:15pm (picnic lunch crowd) : Saddle River County Park, the main entrance of the park – for GPS: 760 Saddle River Road, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663 (across from Louis Street). The decision-makers never want people to know the truth, so to prevent further death & public deception, please join me for a brief rally so we can let locals know & get a picture in the paper. If you have questions: info@caafgroup.com 201-927-3617

PLEASE Cc the Bergen County Freeholders : James Carroll jcarroll@co.bergen.nj.us Elizabeth Calabrese ecalabrese@co.bergen.nj.us David Ganz dganz@co.bergen.nj.us Bernadette McPherson bmcpherson@co.bergen.nj.us John Driscoll, Jr. jdriscoll@co.bergen.nj.us Robert Hermansen RHermansen@co.bergen.nj.us

Raymond W. Dressler, Director Bergen Co.Parks rdressler@co.bergen.nj.us 201-336-7250

Please complete the form to the Bergen County Exec., Dennis McNerney http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/bcresources/MailUs.aspx - under topic, put “Geese Gassing in Saddle River Park” Bergen County Executive phone (201) 336-7300 address: ONE Bergen County Plaza Floor 5 Rm. 580 Hackensack, NJ 07601

Sample email:

I strongly oppose of the gassing of geese that took place last week in the Saddle River County Park, specifically in the Otto Pehle area, the Rochelle Park area, the Ridgewood Duck Pond, and the Glen Rock Duck Pond. The geese were molting, so they were flightless when they were trapped and gassed with Carbon Dioxide! The geese could have been coaxed to leave the area before they molted.

Particularly betraying is the fact that Bergen County Parks work with GeesePeace. GeesePeace is a non-lethal management group of volunteers and they are a link on your Park's Dept. website! I was proud that Bergen County worked with non-lethal geese control. I know Park's Director Ray Dressler had reached out to Bergen County mayors in an effort to broaden the non-lethal program, and this Spring, the Parks Department sponsored GeesePeace training around the county. They had been a good partner. Geesepeace could have recommended a site aversion program in late May or early June. Instead, Bergen County chose to spend tax dollars by contracting the USDA to gas these animals.

I sincerely hope that you will direct the Parks Dept. to stop this program immediately and never continue it again.



Thank you on behalf of ALL wildlife.



UPDATE : July 7, 2010 Bergen County Board of Freeholders voted to ban the gassing of geese in the county! http://www.northjersey.com/news/98003399_Freeholders_vote_to_stop_goose_gassing.html

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Philippine Animal Welfare Society. Cats for Adoption. June 2010.

Meet Gavin. He's just one of the 243 cats at the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Two hundred and forty-three? Well, yeah. You better believe it. Any shelter that refuses to euthanize to make space will end up with numbers like that because intake will almost always be greater that outtake. So, adopting and donating in kind or money is always a big shot in the arm. Don't just nod your head. Do one of these two things.

Gavin's story is typical of all the animal residents of the Philippine Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) which is under the management of PAWS. Homeless, hungry, and abused cats like Gavin are rescued from streets and nurtured back to good health at PARC and then put up for adoption. Do you believe in miracles? Just take a look at Gavin's before and after photos. Yes, it's the same cat!

Here are more cats who need a permanent and loving home. Everyone of them is a survivor. I do realize that you need to be physically in the Philippines to adopt any of the 243 cats at PARC. If so, you can email philpaws@yahoo.com to get started with the adoption. There is also a Paypal donation button on the main page of this blog for those of you who are overseas and want to help. Click on the blog title. PAWS is always in need of pet supplies like cat food, collars, leashes, and even quarantine cages. Give whatever you can. It's for the animals really, not for anybody else.

Bonj- is a fostered kitty. Barely two weeks old when he was found on top a garbage heap, he was bottlefed by a kind PAWS volunteer until he could eat solid kitten food. Bonj has a huge appetite and enjoys being the center of attention.

Georgie - Seems to want to go home with anyone who enters the cattery. She will will come up to you and kiss you - you could almost hear her shout, "Pick me! Pick me!" We hope someone will do exactly just that before Georgie begins to think that her greeting efforts are all in vain.

Lauren -one of the prettiest cats in the cattery who loves to come up to people to be touched. It's obvious that Lauren longs to be adopted by a family who will adore her as much as she adores humans.

Mac - wide-eyed Mac was kicked around and had a very rough life as an adolescent cat. When we took him in, we needed to constantly assure him that no one was going to kick or hurt him anymore. And so life's been dandy so far for Mac at the shelter.. but it sure would be nicer if someone gave him a home.

Mindy is the type of feline who will sit quietly by your side to keep you company but will always give you space.She is not a "needy" cat craving for constant attention and is the ideal pet for the busy career lady who just needs a purring machine to come home to.

Steve - this down-on-his-luck cat was found by the roadside and was almost run over by a car when he was rescued by PAWS. Steve is optimistic that his luck is changing for the better. Ever since he gained weight, he has been strutting around the cattery like a new cat. He can't wait to get adopted!

Trudy - Always sleeping, always dreaming of her forever-home. When she opens her eyes tomorrow, can you cheer her up with a visit and a possibility that her dreams of a forever-home will soon come true?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Late Evening Walks in the Park.

It's that time of the year when the sun sets late in the evening, and there is still sunlight by the time I reach home from work. As always, the first order of business is to walk my dog, Fidelma, who already knows by heart the several routes we take around the neighborhood. Summer, however, affords us an opportunity to break the routine and head for Van Saun Park which lies approximately three quarters of a mile from our home.

The park feels different at that time of the day. The same place is a different place at a different time. We are normally there on Mondays, several times during the day, and spend a combined time of three hours walking the grounds, sitting at nice, cozy spots and enjoying the breeze. It's always a struggle to lead Fidelma forth and on our way although that by itself will bring new joy to her. She truly enjoys the place. It must be a combination of scents and mysterious-looking underbrushes that keeps her interested.

But our late evening walks entail continuous walking. By then, 830pm, the sun has set below the horizon, only its afterglow lights up the sky and even that is quickly fading. One can see gaggles of geese beginning to settle in, assuming their respective positions on the ground, the elders checking and rechecking their surrounding, sensing that darkness will upon them soon.

Most park visitors leave at this time, their headlights shine brilliantly in the growing darkness. It is at this point that I expect park security to approach and ask us to leave ourselves, but more often than not they don't come at all. It might be different if we had a car parked somewhere, but we are on foot. And so, we continue our stroll.

By the time we decide to leave, the park is in total darkness. And then, the place feels like an alien place even more. It's almost like we have to leave to honor the privacy of the animals in the park, and not because some park rule said so. It's the animals' very own time in the park, and we must respect it. I hope we haven't upset them too much.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Philippines. Dogs for Adoption. June 2010. PAWS. PARC.

It's time again to showcase some dogs who are looking for their forever homes. This post is truly for adopters who are in the Philippines. The dogs you see here, at the time of this writing, are under the care of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society . They have varying stories of survival, but somehow they have been fortunate enough to end up at Philippine Animal Rehabilitation Center which is managed by PAWS. We're talking strays, survivors of the dogmeat trade, and rescues from cruel situations in the hands of uncaring humans. Please remember that this is just a small selection of the dogs up for adoption. There are many more at PARC. If you see a dog you like, or would like to meet more dogs, you should contact PAWS at (02)4751688 or email them at philpaws@yahoo.com .








Friday, June 11, 2010

BP. Oil Spill. The Trashing of America. Corporate Tomfoolery.

It's no laughing matter, but BP's ineptitude and careless planning are summed up in this farce. I say, terrorists need not apply because BP is doing one hell of a job ruining America already. I don't know how BP executives can sleep at night knowing that for every second of the last 49 days or so oil has been spilling into the sea and coastal areas of America, killing plants and animals and the livelihood of thousands of people who depend on the sea. Worse, the muck is moving up the coast in a path of great and permanent destruction and BP's stockholders still expect their dividends.

BP might have spent money setting up drilling operations in the area but the oil belongs to the Earth. It's not BP's private, self-created reservoir. So, it's not like they are losing money because the oil is spilling. To spill the oil is tantamount to entering someone else's home and opening the spigot and letting the water run free, ruining the floor, the carpet, and engendering mold throughout his household. And all they've got to offer is an apology and a promise to have the place cleaned up. Well, thank you very much! That's mighty kind of you.

I have noticed that the proponents of " Drill Baby Drill " are silent now except for that animal-shooter Sarah Palin who had the gall to accuse environmentalists for causing this disaster. But she's quite a twisted, manipulative personality. No surprises there.

Watch the video.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Passaic County Elections 2010. Pat Lapore. Terry Duffy. William Pascrell III.

I am crossposting a message from Keep Life in the Park (KLIP) regarding tomorrow's elections in Passaic County. Please read the urgent and important message below. It's time to send Lapore, Duffy, and Pascrell away from positions of power that they have used to allow the inhumanely killing of animals in Woodland Park. They have not be receptive to dialogue. We need people who are open to discussion especially when it comes to the humane treatment of animals and the judicious spending public funds. Most people believe that the deer hunt at Garrett Mountain was unnecessary and cruel. Defeating these individuals is a step towards engendering a more humane society. Lapore and Duffy are the Democratic incumbents on the Board of Freeholders. Vote them out in November 2010.


Dear Friends of NJ Wildlife,
Believe it or not, Passaic County elections are tomorrow, June 8th. Up for re-election as Freeholders will be Pat Lapore and Terry Duffy, both of whom voted FOR the Woodland Park bow hunt.
Also up for re-election as County Counsel is William J. Pascrell III, whom we believe was responsible for bringing United Bow Hunters to the Freeholders and Woodland Park. As you may recall, it is Pascrell's lobbying group that is deeply inbedded in the hunting community, and he has been instrumental in bringing bill S1181 to the NJ Senate, which reduces the 450 foot home safety buffer to a mere 151 feet - without the homeowner’s permission. For your information, this bill passed in the Senate and must now go on to the State Assembly so there is a chance it will not be passed, but with the big money in Pascrell's lobbying, I wouldn't bet on it.
We have been trying to make contact with opposing Republican candidates for Freeholder, Garner and Gomez, but have been unable to do so. We phoned the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization in Wayne, but no one there was able to answer our questions or put us in touch with either candidate to ascertain their views on non-lethal wildlife management. We even called the State Republican Organization but were given no information. They have been virtually unreachable. So we do not know which way they would vote should the idea of a hunt be introduced again this year.
If you are planning to vote tomorrow, please remember that Lapore and Duffy voted FOR the deer bow hunt, and if S1181 passes, there will be bow hunters coming even closer to your homes and on your property WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION. If you will not be voting, please take a moment to call the Freeholder's Office and tell them why you will not vote for Lapore and Duffy. Pascrell is the lowest of the low and committed to bringing as much hunting as possible to NJ. Whether it be deer or bears, bow hunting, sharpshooting, trapping, and as just was signed into law in Connecticut, shooting deer with revolvers and handguns! Trust me - New Jersey is next!
Freeholders's Office: (973) 881-4402
Please take a moment to call the Freeholders and PLEASE CROSS POST this message to those who are sincerely interested in preventing more hunting in our backyards and protecting our families and companion animals from flying arrows and bullets. PLEASE - DO THE RIGHT THING!
Thank you!
Merrilee Cichy