Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered for Help Nabbing Goose Shooter

PETA, LION Enlist Public's Help After Rescuing a Bird With a Crossbow Bolt Through His Neck

For Immediate Release:
April 14, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Wantagh, N.Y. – PETA and Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION) are each offering up to $2,500—for a total reward of up to $5,000—in exchange for information leading to the arrest and cruelty-to-animals conviction of the person(s) who shot a goose through the neck with a crossbow bolt at Mill Pond.

PETA’s and LION’s efforts to help the injured goose started on Saturday and reached a successful conclusion on Monday, when rescuers finally managed to dive into the water and gently grab the bird. They rushed him to a rehabilitation center, where he underwent surgery to remove the arrow. After he recovers, he’ll be released back into the wild and reunited with his mate.

“It’s hard to imagine the agony, confusion, and fear that this gentle goose must have felt as he suffered for days while impaled through the neck,” says PETA Senior Manager and LION President John Di Leonardo. “PETA urges anyone with information to come forward immediately so that whoever did this can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—offers tips for helping wildlife and reporting cruelty to animals on its website.

Anyone with information about this case should contact LION at [email protected].

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