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.
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.