July 10, 2011 / Brooklyn news / Park Slope / Meadows of Shame

Locals mark one-year anniversary of goosicide

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Wildlife advocates gathered last Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of Prospect Park’s massive goose slaughter — and pressure the mayor to drop the city’s goose killing contract.

Dozens of park-goers and animal rights advocates held a somber “eulogy” — using heartfelt words and even guitar ballads — by the Picnic House to mourn the hundreds of geese that the feds executed in Brooklyn’s back yard last July 8 in the name of aviation safety.

“It’s about looking back — but it’s also about looking forward,” said organizer Johanna Clearfield, one of scores of advocates seeking the end of federally-overseen waterfowl extermination.

The city announced two weeks ago it would not return to Prospect Park for a culling this year, explaining that — thanks in part to efforts by Prospect Park Alliance — the population was not high enough.

But the killing continues in other parts of the city.

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Dave from Bed Stuy says:
Puople.....Get a Life!!!!!!!!!!!
July 13, 2011, 9:02 am
Dave from Bed Stuy says:
You guys are awesome. I wish I could have made it to the vigil. I miss the geese. The gov't is f'd up.
July 13, 2011, 1:35 pm
Javier from Brooklyn says:
Thanks to all the caring people. We love the Canada Geese in Prospect Park and in other NYC parks.
July 13, 2011, 3:11 pm
Johanna Clearfield from Park Slope says:
Just one note:  The USDA 's  subdivision, "Wildlife Services" was not deterred from exterminating the small group of geese in our Park because of their harrassment and "goose management" program.  "Wildlife Services" went on an unfettered killing spree throughout every borough and rounded up a mere 25-30 Canada Geese from Inwood Park- eyewitnessed and reported on NBC last week.  
Thousands were murdered last week on the East Coast alone with no Environmental Impact Study and for the purpose of collecting thousands of dollars by the USDA in kill contracts.  The USDA comes at night or early morning to avoid protest by locals who object to this unjustified rape of our wildlife and rampages in our shared spaces.  GOOSEWATCHERS IN Park Slope were ready to document this violence.  That is why they backed off-- Not due to the PPA's horrible harrassment policy.  We did not have "too many" geese.  Our park had a natural and healthy resident population enjoyed greatly by the community. Http://
July 13, 2011, 3:31 pm
gimme from around says:
"kill them all Machine, kill them all..."
July 13, 2011, 11:13 pm

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