Virginia Beach Adopts the GeesePeace Program

July 2003

A Virginia Beach, Virginia, whistleblower called PETA to report that Stumpy Lake Golf Course was planning to round up and slaughter 300 Canada geese living on the lake. In response, we immediately fired off a letter to the mayor and city manager asking them to halt plans to kill the geese at Stumpy Lake until a meeting could be arranged with representatives of PETA and Geesepeace, a nonprofit organization that works with communities to develop nonlethal control programs.

After meeting with representatives of PETA and Geesepeace, not only did Virginia Beach agree to postpone killing geese at Stumpy Lake indefinitely, it also expressed interest in developing a citywide Geesepeace program. Geesepeace’s proposal was approved by the city.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind