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Brooklyn Residents Gather to Protest Prospect Park Geese Gassing

Posted By Will Giron On April 4, 2011 @ 3:15 pm In Brooklyn,Green Space,News | 3 Comments

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Activists gathered outside of the Prospect Park [1] Gala yesterday in protest of last year’s slaughter of ┬áhundreds of geese by federal agents. On the morning of July 8, 2010, in response to aviation safety concerns, federal Wildlife Services [2] 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 [3] 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 [1] geese. In an effort to maintain the geese population at a reasonable size, groups such as the Prospect Park Alliance [4], Brooklyn College, and the Humane Society of the United States [5], 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 [6]

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[1] Prospect Park: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/listing/prospect-park/

[2] federal Wildlife Services: http://www.fws.gov/

[3] US Airways Flight 1549: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Airways_Flight_1549

[4] Prospect Park Alliance: http://www.prospectpark.org/about/alliance

[5] Humane Society of the United States: http://www.humanesociety.org/

[6] Prospect Heights Patch: http://prospectheights.patch.com/articles/geese-lovers-gather-outside-of-prospect-park-gala

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