Staten Island turkeys saved from USDA.

Will USDA kill more turkeys this weekend?

Published on 10/24/2013.

According to GooseWatch NYC, it is possible that “the USDA will be returning to South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island sometime this weekend, most likely on Friday, October 25th or Saturday, October 26th in the morning, to capture and kill as many turkeys as possible. The USDA has a contract to remove turkeys from the hospital, but not from the individual property owners in the community.”

“The turkeys are not posing any imminent threat whatsoever. The killing of these turkeys is wrong, and a solution can be found,” says David Karopkin Founder and Director of GooseWatch NYC.

Staten Island turkeys saved from USDA.
These are some of the rescued Staten Island turkeys.
Photo by Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

On Monday, August 12th and Wednesday, August 14th, 2013, approximately 90 turkeys were killed by the USDA (USDA spokeswoman Carol Bannerman declined to provide information about the total number killed over the two-day period) and on Saturday, September 21st, 2013, 28 turkeys were rescued and sent to the Hudson Valley “Catskill Animal Sanctuary”. The Catskill Animal Sanctuary can not take any more turkeys.

It is estimated that there are currently about 40 turkeys on the property of South Beach Psychiatric Center and another 60 in the surrounding neighborhood.

The South Beach Psychiatric Center is located at 777 Seaview Ave, Staten Island, NY. The hospital is gated and has security.

For more information, please visit GooseWatch NYC & Turkey Watch: SAVE the Staten Island Turkeys on Facebook.

Councilwoman Letitia "Tish" James.

Thanks for voting for our friend “Tish”.

Thanks for voting for our friend Letitia “Tish” James, on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013. There is not a republican candidate. “Tish” will succeed Bill de Blasio as Public Advocate. You still need to vote for her on 11/05/2013.

Why does Christine Quinn hate animals?
“Since 2009, thousands of Canada geese have been rounded up from New York City Parks and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and taken to slaughter. The USDA picks June and July to kill Canada Geese because they are at their most vulnerable and cannot fly, and they have babies (goslings) who are completely defenseless. It is cruel, inhumane and unwarranted.”_GooseWatch NYC.
Photo by GooseWatch NYC.

“What a great night. I am so grateful for your support. Thank you!,” Letitia said on her Facebook page after she knew that she was the winner.

This is part of her speech on 10/1/2013.

GooseWatch NYC said on Facebook before the run off election on October, 1: “Few elected officials have been more outspoken about the killing of geese in NYC than Letitia “Tish” James. Although GooseWatch NYC only plans to officially endorse in City Council races this year, we must acknowledge one candidate who has been a steadfast advocate for NYC’s Canada geese, and that is Letitia “Tish” James for Public Advocate.

NYC Council woman Letitia “Tish” James, said in 2012 “I strongly opposed the killing of 400 Canada geese in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in 2010, and I oppose the USDA’s plan to kill Canada geese at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and other New York City parks. Geese are part of the natural habitat of many City parks, where they live permanently. To disrupt the local eco-system and wipe out these animals is unwarranted.”

Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was responsible for the slaughter of 751 Canada Geese at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in 2012 and hundreds more in 2013. Watch some videos here by David Karopkin, Founder and Director of GooseWatch NYC.

Letitia "Tish" James at the rally "Hands Around the Lake" in Prospect Park in 2011. The rally was in support of NYC Canada geese.
Letitia “Tish” James at the rally “Hands Around the Lake” in Prospect Park in 2011.
The rally was in support of NYC Canada geese.

James will become the only woman to hold city-wide office in New York City in 2014 and the first woman of color ever to do so.

Councilwoman Letitia James’ runoff victory remarks, “I am humbled to join you tonight and announce that we have won this campaign and we are on to the Office of New York City Public Advocate. I ran for Public Advocate because all my life I have seen New Yorkers persevere and I’ve seen the role that government can play in helping uplift working people. New York: our work isn’t over. But tonight we’ll celebrate this victory because we achieved it together.” Read more here.

NYCLASS endorsed Daniel Squadron for Public Advocate, however after the results they said on Facebook “Congratulations to Letitia “Tish” James — NYC’s new Public Advocate! You’ll be a compassionate champion for all New Yorkers, two legged and four legged.”

James Democratic opponent, State Senator Daniel Squadron, said on Twitter after the results of the run off election: “Congratulations to @TishJames. She’ll be a great advocate for New Yorkers across our city.”

Councilwoman Letitia "Tish" James.
Left to right: Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, NYC Comptroller and ex mayoral candidate John C. Liu, Councilwoman and next Public Advocate Letitia James, Councilman Donovan Richards and Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito.
Photo taken on 10/1/2013 by Friends of Melissa 2013

Letitia James won despite being outspent, “despite the tabloids going to bat for our opponent,” “despite all of the rich and the one percent-ers that supported our opponent” and “despite those powerful senators in Washington,” she said.

NYC Comptroller and ex mayoral candidate John C. Liu, said “Councilwoman Leticia James has spent her entire career fighting for working people both in Albany and in the City Council. She’s stood up against stop and frisk, supported laws that increased wages for working people, and fought against the closing of day care centers in our communities. She has the skills and the passion to take help New Yorkers and be their voice at City Hall as Public Advocate.”

July 8, 2011 – Memorial on the 1 Year Anniversary of the ruthless slaughter of Canada Geese who made their homes in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Mary Beth leads the vigil singing, “This Land is Their Land (too)”.

Do not forget to vote for our friends Letitia “Tish” James, John Mancuso, Helen Rosenthal, Carlos Menchaca, Eric Adams and Bill de Blasio on November 5, 2013.