Feds’ Geese Massacre Sparks PETA, LION Vigil

Activists Will Mourn the Dozens of Canada Geese Who Were Slaughtered at Milburn Pond Because of an 'Administrative Error'

For Immediate Release:
September 8, 2020

Contact:
David Perle 202-483-7382

Baldwin, N.Y. – Tomorrow, animal activists from PETA and Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION) will gather at Milburn Pond to honor the 86 Canada geese—including babies—who were recently killed there by contract killers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) deceptively named Wildlife Services department. The agency has attributed the slaughter of the birds—who were molting their feathers and therefore unable to fly away—to an “administrative error.” Since 2016, the USDA has massacred 530 geese at Nassau County parks.

When:    Wednesday, September 9, 5:30 p.m.

Where:    Milburn Pond Park, Merrick Road (next to Coral House), Baldwin

“Kind people are rightly horrified that dozens of gentle, vulnerable geese were rounded up and slaughtered in a county-sanctioned killing,” says PETA Senior Manager and LION President John Di Leonardo. “PETA and LION are calling on officials to use humane, nonlethal methods of geese management, such as birth control and chemical repellents.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that geese in the area have recently faced an influx of violence: In August, Di Leonardo and his wife rescued a goose who had a firework duct-taped to his body.

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