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New York City. Canada Geese Captured & Slaughtered. Inwood Park. Using the Poor.

Goose Chase: Inwood Hill Park Geese Captured

It's unconscionable for Mayor Bloomberg, the city government, and the USDA to use the poor and hungry in Pennsylvania to acquit themselves, to exonerate, to justify the mass roundup and slaughter of Canada Geese in the Inwood area. These people are pitting poverty and hunger against compassion and animal rights in true manipulative form, shoving geese down the throats of the poor whether they asked for it or not, hoping that the feeding of the poor will soften their image and wrongdoing. Let the poor be, and don't use them in your grand designs.

This geese roundup and slaughter do not make good sense. The geese that flight 1549 sucked into its engines are migratory geese, not local park geese. The incident happened at approximately 4,200 feet. Park geese do not fly that high. What for? Come next Winter, there will be migratory geese up there again because they come from somewhere else. It is irresponsible of the USDA to enact measures that give the impression that something is being done about the problem. It is a false impression. The flights coming out of La Guardia, JFK, or Newark are no more safe now than before, but the USDA wants us to believe so.

Comments

Catherine said…
Julie Andrews sings of "wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings" as being one of her favorite things in the classic song from The Sound of Music. Seeing them soar through the sky is always magical. What a tragedy that this continues to happen.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for voicing your opinion on this matter. if more people stood up about this injustice it wouldn't be allowed to happen.

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