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This is a very one-sided, poorly researched piece.
For one matter, the author should look up the word, "Refuge" in a dictionary.
(Hint: It is not a place for birds to be rounded up for slaughter.)
Secondly, he states that USDA "observed" but did not collect "100 additional geese."
USDA never leaves additional geese behind without reason.
One suspects the reason in this case were several park goers who showed up with cameras, including two members from Goosewatch, NYC.
Videos of the cruel roundup and frantic, crying geese crammed 5 to 6 into small turkey crates are now on YouTube.
The journalist continues to pipe out the same old lame excuses for goose carnage offered up by USDA and the spinless officials who went along with the "removal." (Nice try for euphemism.)
But, the fact is most of the damage to marshlands is caused by sewage treatment plant runoffs as well as fuel runoffs from JFK airport. A hurricane last year causing billions of dollars of damage and destruction could not have helped either.
As for the "airline safety" excuse, where does one begin on that? 0.68 of airline crashes are caused by bird strikes and of these, Canada geese represent a tiny fraction of that already miniscule number. Pilot error is the most common cause of airline crashes as it was this week in San Francisco. Should we "cull" all the pilots?
It is truly sad when media acts as mouthpieces for government, rather than watchdogs. Important questions were not asked when doing this article and important information was left out of it. -- Such as Canada geese are in no way "overabundant" in New York State. It is only human tolerance for wildlife that is pathectically lacking.
Even geese on a National Wildlife Refuge are not safe from the toxic and lethal hands of the federal government and gutless wonder officials who seem to have forgotten their appointed mission. That of PROTECTION of wildlife and particularly WATERFOWL.
For more on lame excuses and things not making any sense, please go to:
Sad excuse for journalism. 5 months ago
It seems the rationalizations for "culling" geese change according to the day, the location and the weather.
One day the excuse is "airline safety." The next day, it is "poop on golf shoes" or suppoesly striving to achieve "ecological balance."
Did anyone provide proof of any of the claims?
Geese are actually very peaceful birds who generally attract other waterfowl as opposed to chasing other birds out or eating their food.
But, urban environments can be very challenging and intimidating for more sensitive species of birds to adapt to and survive.
But, hey if we can blame the disappearance of other bird species on the more adaptable and hardy Canada geese, then by all means, do so! The geese are such easy scapegoats for almost everything gone wrong in human created environment and they neither have votes nor lawyers to defend them.
Nevertheless, the use of different excuses for our now seemingly endless "war" on Canada geese reminds one of certain criminals and their slick lawyers who come up with differnt excuses for murder. -- Everything from perceived self-defense to movies, TV shows and even eating Twinkies.
Or, maybe it is simply, "If the glove don't fit, you have to acquit."
Well, "the glove doesn't fit here."
The different and constantly changing rationalizations and excuses for goose carnage suggest difficulty in keeping the lies straight and actually remembering them.
Jul 13, 2012
It appears that when journalists fail to do proper research and ask questions (such as "How were the geese killed?) they resort to using euphemisms such as the geese were "euthanized."
This conjures up images of a vet stroking a dying and beloved pet before injecting lethal solution that brings quick and merciful ending to suffering.
But, that is hardly the case with the 751 geese.
The geese were not suffering and they were not "mercifully put to sleep" as represented by the "good death" definition of "euthanasia."
In fact, neither the writer of this article nor apparenly top personnel at the USDA know HOW the geese died (or are saying),
Were they gassed? Were they slaughtered?
Different media reports state different things. And when reporters don't know and apparently don't investigate, they fall back on the term, "euthanasia" which makes everyone feel good, but in fact, renders the word absolutely meaningless.
Since the misapplication of this term to refer to geese rounded up, stuffed 4 to 5 in crates and transported long distance from NYC in summer heat to be killed by non-vet personnel lacks credibility, we have to surmise that the rest of this article (such as the different excuses for the massacre) lacks truth and credibility and thus represents the author mostly reporting canned press releases by those reponsible for this carnage as "news."
This week has been a sad one for the 751 geese who sought safety at a wildlife refuge through the summer molt, but instead encountered cruelty and death.
But, it is even a sadder one for the principles of "accuracy in media" and investigative journalism.
Edward R, Murrow must be rolling in his grave.
Jul 13, 2012
What Carol Bannerman doesn't say is that Canada geese almost went extinct in this country during the last century.
A circumstance that apparently she and her chums at USDA would like to see again.
Extinction of species not only acceptable, but desirable if all these massacres of wildlife continue.
After all, if birds cannot be safe at a Widlife Refuge, where CAN they be safe? Jun 7, 2012
What Carol Bannerman of USDA fails to mention is that Canada geese almost went extinct in the last century!
And that's exactly where the current policies of rounding up and slaughtering thousands of geese from NYC parks and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will bring the geese again in NYC.
Bannerman apparently thinks extinction of wildlife is not only acceptable, but desired. Jun 7, 2012