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Mamaroneck Geese Meeting
+ Alternative Proposal (article below)
PLEASE CROSS POST:
PLEASE ATTEND THE NEXT MEETING OF THE MAMARONECK BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
- MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013
- VILLAGE HALL, 169 MT PLEASANT AVENUE, MAMARONECK, NY 10543
- 7:00 PM (Site says 7:30 PM, but a caller was told 7:00 PM on the phone, be advised)
- COURTROOM - VILLAGE HALL
PARKING IS AVAILABLE
*NOTE: THE PUBLIC WILL BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK ON THE PROPOSED GEESE SLAUGHTER OR THE GARBER PLAN AT THIS MEETING.
AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED, WESTCHESTER4GEESE HAS SUBMITTED ITS OWN PROPOSAL, WHICH COSTS A FRACTION OF THE OTHER PLANS SUBMITTED AND DOES NOT CALL FOR KILLING OR HARMING THE GEESE IN ANY WAY.
(From the press release)
'It's amazing: We cringe at stories of cruelty to animals - a kitten burned to death in an oven, puppies being drowned...we are even horrified as a people about hearing of larger animals such as horses deliberately being starved to death...and the press would eagerly report on the horrific act of some criminal stomping a mama goose and her baby to death - yet we eagerly make plans to kill 'em en mass because they poop just like we do, instead of finding solutions.
And speaking of horses, THEY can deposit some seriously large poop, as large as a baseball - but because people can make a buck off 'em with carriage rides and the like, they 'look the other way' and don't complain; if people could make a buck off geese rides their poop would be ignored too.' The geese don't bother anyone: They walk around minding their business, eating grass and nurturing their babies. Best as I can see, unless a goose comes at you with a knife, she has a right to live.'
Opponents offer alternatives to Mamaroneck's goose-kill plan
Written by Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy
MAMARONECK -- Residents and animal rights advocates opposed to the village's plan to slaughter geese are planning to address the village board on Monday.
The village signed an $8,700 contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to kill the birds, saying the geese droppings washing into the waterways posed an environmental hazard. There was no public hearing on the contract award because it was a "minor" amount, said Village Manger Richard Slingerland.
According to the plan, the geese would be captured this summer during their molting period — when they shed their wing feathers and can't fly -- and their nests will be treated with corn oil to prevent eggs from hatching.
In response to the vehement opposition, Mayor Norman Rosenblum said Friday he would consider other options.
On March 18, Steven Garber, a wildlife biologist, and president of Stamford, Conn.-based Worldwide Ecology, will present a $10,000-a-year "multi-tiered" proposal that will "train the Canada geese" to realize "they are not welcome," according to his letter to the board.
Animal rights advocates are not happy with Garber's proposal.
"Mamaroneck is a waterfront village, and it is going to attract water fowl," said Edita Birnkrant, the New York director of Friends of Animals, a nonprofit, international animal advocacy organization. "How about having a tolerance for geese?"
Animal advocate Kiley
Blackman of Tuckahoe is advocating for a program called "Geesebusters,"
which involves a "mechanized flying predator." She said the plan would be presented on March 18.