Target: Randy Clark, Supervisor, Cornwall Town Board, Cornwall, N.Y.
Goal: Demand the Cornwall Town Board to stop killing its Canada geese
Members of Cornwall, N.Y.’s Town Board will soon meet and decide whether or not to once again contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services (USDA) to cull its Canada goose population. This agency’s culling methods are brutal and inhumane. Cornwall must be compelled to find a more humane way of dealing with its geese.
USDA Wildlife Services contracts with towns throughout the country to reduce goose populations. These inhumane round-ups occur during the summer while the geese are raising their young. Personnel will typically enter a goose habitat in the early morning while the geese are loosely huddled together and then proceed to grab the terrified geese and stuff them into steel cages. It is not uncommon during these round-ups for mother geese to be forcefully separated from their young. The caged geese are later murdered and their corpses are given to various organizations (like zoos) to be used as food. Last summer nearly 150 Canada geese in Cornwall were dealt with in such a manner. This is unacceptable and it must not be allowed to happen again.
Many studies show that killing geese does not effectively reduce their numbers as other geese will simply move in to fill any void and, of course, they will continue to breed. Also, more humane options do exist. For example, towns can make simple alterations to locations used by geese as habitats to make it physically challenging for the geese to live there, encouraging them to seek shelter elsewhere. This is much better than gassing them to death.
Please take a minute to sign the petition below to tell Cornwall’s Town Board that it must not employ USDA Wildlife Services this summer to kill its Canada geese. The Board must find a more humane solution.
Dear Mr. Clark,
I was dismayed to learn that Cornwall, N.Y. may once again employ USDA Wildlife Services to cull its Canada goose population. I understand that geese can sometimes be a nuisance, but Cornwall must use humane methods to deal with them. Last year, USDA Wildlife Services captured nearly 150 Canada geese in Cornwall, forcing them into steel cages, and later killing them. These methods are brutal, inhumane, ineffective, and completely pointless. Many studies show that killing geese is not an effective population control method since voids in geese populations are often quickly filled by other geese. Also, Cornwall can make simple landscape alterations around the lakes usually inhabited by Canada geese, making it difficult for them to live there and forcing them to seek shelter elsewhere.
Murdering terrified geese is wrong on every level. Please do the right thing this summer and do not employ USDA Wildlife Services. Find a more humane way to deal with Cornwall’s Canada goose population.
[Your Name Here]
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