Brooklyn Residents Gather to Protest Prospect Park Geese Gassing

by , 04/04/11
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Activists gathered outside of the Prospect Park Gala yesterday in protest of last year’s slaughter of  hundreds of geese by federal agents. On the morning of July 8, 2010, in response to aviation safety concerns, federal Wildlife Services staff boxed up more than 250 geese, including their young, and tossed them into gas chambers. The events of that day were confirmed by Carol Bannerman, a Department of Agriculture spokesperson, in relation to a city wide effort to exterminate geese within a seven mile radius of LaGuardia and JFK airports. The city had put the geese under scrutiny last year after Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger flew into a large flock of birds, disabling both engines, and forcing US Airways Flight 1549 to land on the Hudson River.

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One of the activists in attendance, Kevin Beers, displayed an oil painting he made, in order to help spread awareness of the secret gassing of the Prospect Park geese. In an effort to maintain the geese population at a reasonable size, groups such as the Prospect Park Alliance, Brooklyn College, and the Humane Society of the United States, are working together to find alternative methods to the problem. Some of the proposed ideas include scaring the geese away with border collies and instating a rule against feeding the geese.

However, a contract established between the USDA and the city in relation to the gassing of the Prospect Park Geese will expire at the end of June. Worries of a rising geese population are bringing new concerns of a possible second extermination. The protesters hope to prevent it from happening again.

Via Prospect Heights Patch



  1. aldarase May 20, 2011 at 11:30 am
    If your answer is inhumane slaughter, YOuRe out of your mind!
  2. sillygoose April 5, 2011 at 9:48 am
    People that object to the control of canada goose especially don't understand how destructive these birds are. Have a flock of them come and poop all over your pond or swimming pool, and you'll understand. That's the least of it. I shouldn't need to mention what a goose can do to a jet engine, and the human life that may be depending on it to stay running. Also, the idea that the gassing is "secret" is nonsense. True, the government does have a lot of secrets (i.e. military) that stay classified for good reasons, but the goose control measures are for sure not classified, and very likely are public record open to all down at city hall. I'm one to keep an open mind, but folks lets not open our minds so far that our brains fall out.
  3. lazyreader April 5, 2011 at 8:23 am
    In Maryland, we went through such great lengths and debates to get rid of the swans, which we're eating the grasses. Grasses that were crucial to the Chesapeake bay region for crabs and shellfish to spawn in. They were an invasive species and getting rid of them would have seemed.......beneficial for the fishing industry and the environment. Food for thought. Which only goes to show people only focus on conservation if the animal happens to be cute. The California Condor was the ugliest thing the federal government ever paid to protect. Try making a stuffed animal out of that World Wildlife Fund.