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.

Babyl swans and her mother in New York City.

Letitia “Tish” James love humans and animals, too!

Letitia “Tish” James is one of those rare politicians that do not just care about humans, but she also care about animals.

Vote for “Tish” for Public Advocate on October 1, 2013.
Letitia “Tish” James at the rally “Hands Around the Lake” in Prospect Park in 2011.
Vote for “Tish” for Public Advocate on October 1, 2013.

She was one of the few politicians that spoke against the extermination of Canada geese in NYC.

Mayor Bloomberg signed a contract with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to kill the geese in the city. Christine Quinn and other politicians did nothing to stop the extermination of these beautiful birds.

Letitia James, said after the massacre of almost 400 geese in Prospect Park, “The City and Port Authority claim that aviation safety demands the birds be killed, but ignore the very fact that cities worldwide deal with the problem of birds near airports without exterminating them. The problem of birds colliding with engines is real, but can be dealt with by employing a range of methods, including radar detection, currently not in use in NYC’s airports.” She added, “Geese populations control can be addressed through a variety of preventive and non-lethal humane methods, such as Ovocontrol, which is a USDA-approved birth control drug for use in geese.”

Babyl swans and her mother in New York City.
A mother swan and her babies.
On October 1, vote for Letitia James for Public Advocate.

If elected, James will become the only woman to hold city-wide office in New York City and the first African American woman ever to do so.

Tomorrow is our big chance to elect Letitia James, a powerhouse progressive who has stood strong on our issues for many years, to the office of Public Advocate for New York City.

Letitia voted against Mayor Bloomberg’s third term, helped reform “Stop and Frisk” and ban racial/religious profiling by the NYPD, and cracked down on deceptive, anti-choice health centers that denied women the right to choose.

The public advocate is first in line to succeed the mayor if he or she becomes unable to serve. The advocate can also introduce legislation in the City Council and make appointments to boards and commissions.

This election will be close. In races like these every single vote matters. You and the people you know will decide this election.

Animals give life to parks, rivers and lakes. A place without animals is a dead place and you do not want to go to a dead park, lake or river, right?

We, Canada geese, swans, skunks, ducks, squirrels, cats, dogs, raccoons, and other animals, can coexist with humans.

Remember to tell your friends and family to vote with you for Letitia James for Public Advocate. Find your poll site here.

Animals of NYC thank you for voting for our friend, Letitia “Tish” James!

Canada geese in Brooklyn, New York City.
Canada geese in Brooklyn, New York City.
In 2010, Canada geese were exterminated in Prospect Park.
Turkeys from Staten Island, NYC.

Staten Island turkeys saved from USDA.

Turkeys from Staten Island, NYC.
Photo by Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

“While the original birds were part of an abandoned domestic flock, the turkeys have since interbred with local wild turkeys, making the current flock hybrids, neither fully wild nor domestic. The turkeys are beloved by Staten Islanders who have fed the flock for years; they no longer have the instincts necessary to survive in the wild. Earlier this summer, South Beach Psychiatric Center declared the turkeys to be a nuisance and contracted the USDA to remove the birds. An initial round-up resulted both in the slaughter of turkeys and the convergence of animal welfare protesters on Staten Island.”

The rescued 28 turkeys were sent to the Hudson Valley “Catskill Animal Sanctuary”. Read more here.

Turkeys from Staten Island, NYC.
Photo by Catskill Animal Sanctuary
Beautiful Swan in New York City.

Thanks for voting for our friends. We still need your help!

Updated today, 9/13/2013, to include John Mancuso, Helen Rosenthal and statements from David Karopkin, Allie Feldman and John Phillips.

Thanks to our human friends for voting for public servants that care about us, animals of New York City. We still need your help. Help elect more of our friends!

We, Canada Geese, horses and other animals can not vote. We ask our human friends to vote for politicians that not only care about humans, but also about us, animals of NYC. We are part of this concrete jungle. We give life to parks, lakes and rivers. We can coexist!

Beautiful Swan in New York City.
A beautiful Swan in NYC.

Letitia “Tish” James did not get more than 40% of the votes and she needs your help. Donate to Letitia James 2013 Run Off and vote for her on October 1st.

Letitia "Tish" James for Public Advocate.
Letitia “Tish” James for Public Advocate. We need her!
Vote for “Tish” for Public Advocate on October 1, 2013.

John Mancuso won his primary on Staten Island, he will face a challenge in the general election on November 5, 2013.

“Last month, as you may know, nearly 100 turkeys living on Staten Island were killed by USDA Wildlife Services. John immediately organized a rally which galvanized the community, and he has continued to assist our efforts to prevent further unnecessary slaughter of the remaining turkeys,” says David Karopkin, Founder of GooseWatch NYC.

GooseWatch NYC commends City Council candidate John Mancuso in standing up for Staten Island’s turkeys and they urge you to vote for him.

John Mancuso for City Council 2013.
Vote for John Mancuso for City Council on 11/5/2013.
Photo courtesy of John Mancuso.

Helen Rosenthal won the New York City primary elections. Vote for her on November 5, 2013 (General Election in NYC).

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to stand as your Democratic nominee this November—it’s an honor and is only possible because of our broad group of supporters.

With the Primary completed, we look to come together and focus on addressing issues: overcrowding in and funding for our public schools, the need for more affordable housing, protecting the environment, and providing help to people in need. I’m eager to start tackling these issues right away as we move forward together. If you would like to contribute to our conversation, please feel free to email me at Helen@HelenRosenthal.com

I am honored to be the Democratic nominee with the possibility of following in the foot steps of Ronnie Eldridge and Gale Brewer, and will do my best to live up to the high standards Upper West Siders’ have come to expect from their City Councilwoman.”_Helen Rosenthal

Helen Rosenthal for 6th Council District.
Vote for Helen Rosenthal for 6th Council District on 11/5/2013.
Photo courtesy of Helen Rosenthal.

Carlos Menchaca won. Congratulations!

Carlos Menchaca won the Democratic nomination for the District 38 City Council seat Tuesday, beating out Sara Gonzalez, who has held the office for more than a decade.

Gonzalez, the district’s incumbent who was first elected in 2002, garnered only 42.4 percent of votes in the district that includes Red Hook, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace, Greenwood Heights and Bay Ridge Towers. Read the full article here.

Carlos Menchaca. City Council. 38th District.
Vote for Carlos Menchaca on 11/5/2013. City Council. 38th District.
“Together we inspired the hearts and minds of a community who said YES to bold and progressive leadership. WE DID IT! THANK YOU to all the fearless VOLUNTEERS, bold UNIONS, visionary ORGANIZATIONS!”_Carlos Menchaca

Yetta G. kurland did not win. We, animals of NYC love her!

“I am proud and honored to have worked with you to make the 3rd City Council District the best it can be and look forward to continuing our work to build our community.” – Yetta G. Kurland.

Yetta G. Kurland
We, animals of NYC love Yetta!

Former NYPD captain and New York State Senator Eric Adams remains the main contender for Brooklyn Borough President.

Eric Adams.
Eric Adams at a rally in support of NYC Canada geese in 2011.
Vote for Eric Adams on 11/5/2013.

Bill de Blasio got a little more than 40% of the votes.

According to early exit polls, de Blasio won across the board, equaling or besting his opponents among black voters, female voters, gay voters, voters who wanted a change, and even voters who approved of the way Bloomberg governed Gotham over the last 12 years.

He promised a decisive break from Mayor Bloomberg—and that’s what New Yorkers voted for Tuesday night, handing Bill de Blasio about 40 percent in the Democratic primary, reports David Freedlander. Read the full article here.

Bill de Blasio and his family.
thedailybeast.com: “New York City Democratic Mayoral hopeful Bill De Blasio embraces his son Dante, left, daughter Chiara, second from left, and wife Chirlane, right, after addressing supporters at his election headquarters after polls closed in the city’s primary election on Sept. 11, 2013, in New York.”(Kathy Willens/AP)
(Vote for Bill de Blasio on 11/5/2013.)

“I believe we finally have a real opportunity to make things better for NYC’s animals, but we must keep working hard. Above all these victories were only possible because of the collective contributions by many dedicated activists, and I hope we can continue to work together and create change,” says David Karopkin, Founder and Director of GooseWatch NYC.

NYCLASS’s Allie Feldman, attributed the results of the primary elections to the political activism of animal activists. “We called voters, we knocked on doors, we donated, we showed up at rallies, we talked to our friends and neighbors,” she said.

John Phillips, former Executive Director of the NY League of Humane Voters says “animal advocates in NYC will never be looked at the same way again. We care about animals, we vote, and we win.”

We, Animals of NYC are very grateful for your help!

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We ask our human friends to vote for politicians that care about us, animals of NYC.

Please, vote for politicians that care about us (VIDEOS).

Today is a very important day in New York City. Today are the primary elections.

We, Canada Geese, horses and other animals can not vote. We ask our human friends to vote for politicians that care about us, animals of NYC.

We ask our human friends to vote for politicians that care about us, animals of NYC.
Vote for them. They are our friends!

Vote for Bill de Blasio for NYC Mayor. He is our friend!

Vote for Letitia “Tish” James for Public Advocate and Eric Adams for Brooklyn Borough President. They are our friends!

Vote for Yetta G. Kurland, Carlos Menchaca and Helen Rosenthal for City Council. They are our friends, too!

“London, Paris, Las Vegas, Toronto and Beijing — New York City’s chief rivals for tourism — have all banned horse-drawn carriages in recent years, and with good reason. Our city’s carriage horses work strenuous hours throughout the week and unlike the horses that plied the park a hundred years ago, today’s horses travel on hard asphalt roads that wear down and damage their feet (ironically, many runners prefer the park’s “bridle path” to avoid this problem themselves).”_Bill de Blasio

“It is tragic that 400 Canada geese were killed in Brooklyn’s historic Prospect Park. This extreme action appears to be a belated response to last year’s Delta crash into the Hudson River caused by migratory birds that entered the plane’s engines. Prospect Park’s birds lived permanently in the park, and my office has heard from constituents that believe they were not a threat to the region’s air safety, but merely sacrificed as scapegoats. Also, the fact that the killing of these birds took place without prior community or local-elected official notification is an indication that this plan was not well-developed.”_Letitia “Tish” James

“When the slaughter of innocent geese and goslings occurred in July of last year, I was both horrified and angered. I was dismayed by the manner in which these majestic creatures were killed. I am pleased to be in attendance at today’s ‘Hands Around the Lake’ event to send a clear signal to those responsible for last year’s massacre that the annihilation of innocent and defenseless wildlife will not be tolerated. It’s arrogant for humans to believe this planet was made just for humans,” Adams said, prompting a spirited, “that’s right!” and “yes!” from the crowd. “These birds give us more than what we give them; we have an obligation and a responsibility to protect them.”_Eric Adams

“Too often animal welfare is overlooked in New York City politics, and that is certainly been the case with Canada geese living in our city’s parks and along our rivers. Air safety is a serious issue, and we need to find practical long term solutions to this problem that don’t include killing our wildlife. The current approach is not only inhumane but it doesn’t solve the problem.”_Yetta Kurland

“They often say you should stop and smell the roses, but I say you should always stop and marvel at the wildlife that exists in this concrete jungle and how we are already co-existing. Our job as humans is to make it easier, for geese, for wild turkeys, for oyster beds and beyond. That’s going to be my commitment. We can do it together, no matter where or who you are, what language you speak or where you live.”_Carlos Menchaca

“Canada geese are part of our city’s urban habitat, and the approach being taken to remove them is wrong, especially when more effective and compassionate options are available. New Yorkers love, appreciate, and respect our city’s great urban wildlife, a habitat we should be protecting, not exterminating.”_Helen Rosenthal

Read the full statements of Yetta, Carlos and Helen on GooseWatch NYC.


Letitia “Tish” James


Yetta Kurland


Carlos Menchaca


Helen Rosenthal

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“Christine Quinn is NOT a friend to NYC’s animals”

“Christine Quinn is NOT a friend to NYC’s animals” (VIDEO).

The website Anybody but Quinn says “Christine Quinn is NOT a friend to NYC’s animals. Speaker Quinn is universally regarded by activists alike as the number one opponent of any kind of animal rights legislation.”

“Christine Quinn is NOT a friend to NYC’s animals”
Image taken from the website www.anybodybutquinn.com

They also say “In addition to refusing to support legislation to protect horses, Speaker Quinn has also blocked legislation that would require all pet stores to have fire-fighting sprinkler systems, despite there being five major fires in NYC pet stores throughout the last decade. She is also opposed to protecting a senior citizen’s right to have a companion animal in public housing, and repealed a law requiring the construction of badly needed animal shelters in the Bronx and Queens. If Quinn becomes the Mayor of NYC, it will be a very long 8 years before we see any kind of victories for animals in NYC.”

What about NYC Canada geese? “Has the Mayor taken any position on animal issues that the Speaker hasn’t gotten behind? Quinn has had the power to push for important animal welfare initiatives over the past 8 years as speaker, but she hasn’t. Instead she has been the biggest obstacle to even minor reforms – this is well known by activists of all stripes. If Quinn becomes Mayor, there is little question the killing of NYC’s geese will continue,” GooseWatch NYC says.


On Monday, May 6, 2013, NYCLASS hosted a “mayoral forum on animal protection issues.” Bill DeBlasio, John Liu, Bill Thompson, Sal Albanese and John Catsimatidis attended. Christine Quinn was invited, but declined to attend. Why?

On September 4, 2013, NYCLASS revealed it’s 2013 Humane Scorecard showing where each of the Mayoral candidates stands on various animal protection issues. The “Humane Scorecard” includes issues such requiring fire sprinklers in pet stores and building animal shelters in the Bronx and Queens. While her opponents received approving check marks on each issue, Speaker Quinn failed in every single category.

“This scorecard makes perfectly clear to voters that Speaker Christine Quinn is no friend of animals,” Allie Feldman, Executive Director of NYCLASS said. “Her record on the Council speaks for itself. Throughout her entire tenure, every single meaningful bill calling for the humane treatment of animals was precluded from a Council body vote. I hope this scorecard helps New Yorkers see who Speaker Quinn really is and convinces them to elect a Mayor that will fight for animal protection.”

“Christine Quinn is NOT a friend to NYC’s animals”
2013 Humane Scorecard by NYCLASS.
Animal right advocates say Christine Quinn hate animals. Why?

Does Christine Quinn hate animals (PHOTOS/VIDEO)?

Animal right advocates say Christine Quinn hate animals. Why?

Animal right advocates say Christine Quinn hate animals. Why?
“Why does Christine Quinn hate animals? Let us count the ways.”
Image taken from www.quinnhatesanimals.com
Animal right advocates say Christine Quinn hate animals. Why?
“Opposed to stopping the abuse of NYC carriages horses.”
Image taken from www.quinnhatesanimals.com
Animal right advocates say Christine Quinn hate animals. Why?
“Opposed to requiring lifesaving fire sprinklers in all NYC pet stores.”
Image taken from www.quinnhatesanimals.com
Animal right advocates say Christine Quinn hate animals. Why?
“Blocked effort to a humane education in elementary school classrooms.”
Image taken from www.quinnhatesanimals.com
Animal right advocates say Christine Quinn hate animals. Why?
“Killed founding for animal shelters in the Bronx and Queens.”
Image taken from www.quinnhatesanimals.com
Animal right advocates say Christine Quinn hate animals. Why?
“Supports forcing tenants to choose between losing their home or losing their pet.”
Image taken from www.quinnhatesanimals.com
Animal right advocates say Christine Quinn hate animals. Why?
“Opposed to protecting our senior citizens right to have a companion pet.”
Image taken from www.quinnhatesanimals.com
Animal right advocates say Christine Quinn hate animals. Why?
“Opposed to stopping the abuse of circus elephants.”
Image taken from www.quinnhatesanimals.com

Bill de Blasio, the NYC public advocate, has promised that if elected Mayor of New York City, he would ban the horse-drawn carriages. He described the conditions of the horses as “inhumane.”

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.

GooseWatch NYC says on its website: “While other candidates for NYC mayor have said they disagree with the ongoing USDA slaughter of Canada geese throughout NYC parks and would take another look at the issue, one candidate has made clear that the status quo would continue under her mayoralty.

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn support NYC’s contract with USDA Wildlife Services. Quinn has been dismissive of our complaints.

Not only does Quinn support the killing of NYC’s geese, as City Council Speaker she has blocked all meaningful animal welfare reforms, even refusing to bring a popular bill up for a vote that would require sprinklers in pet stores after a series of fires killed hundreds of animals.”

GooseWatch NYC has endorsed Yetta G. Kurland, Carlos Menchaca, and Helen Rosenthal for City Council.

If you are a friend of animals, GooseWatch NYC is “looking for street canvassers for each of our endorsed City Council Candidates. We specifically need help for Yetta Kurland in the West Village, Chelsea, and Midtown West, Carlos Menchaca in Red Hook and Sunset Park, and Helen Rosenthal on the Upper West Side.”

On Monday, May 6, 2013, NYCLASS hosted a “mayoral forum on animal protection issues.” Five mayoral candidates attended (Bill DeBlasio, John Liu, Bill Thompson, Sal Albanese, John Catsimatidis. Christine Quinn was invited, but declined to attend.) and over 200 animal advocates. Many important issues affecting animals in NYC were discussed.


This is the video of the hour-long forum. Decide for yourself which candidate is a friend of the horses, Canada geese and animals in general, and vote for him.

A press release by NYCASS says:

“Christine Quinn has not been a friend to NYC’s animals.” Allie Feldman, Executive Director of NYCLASS said. “New Yorkers are looking for an empathetic Mayor. When it comes to protecting animals, it is clear that Quinn shows callousness rather than empathy.

During her tenure as Speaker, she opposed lifesaving legislation that would require pet stores to install fire sprinklers (after hundreds of animals perished in massive pet store fires in NYC).

She literally left animals out in the cold by killing efforts to build animals shelters in the Bronx and Queens, and she refused to stop the abuse of NYC carriage horses despite the fact there’s been 18 accidents in the past two years.

It is clear to us that Quinn has no compassion for animals, which is why today we are announcing the launch of www.QuinnHatesAnimals.com. We urge New Yorkers to visit out site to learn more about just how little empathy Quinn shows to our city’s four legged residents.”

Animals Of NYC: Canada geese in New York City.

We, Canada geese give life to NYC (VIDEOS)!

Animals Of NYC: Canada geese in New York City.
Canada geese in New York City.

We, Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) are beautiful birds with a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and a brownish-gray body. We are native to arctic and temperate regions of North America. Children and their parents love to see us in the parks of New York City. We enjoy their company, too.

Unfortunately, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is waging a war against us. Numerous recent round-ups and mass killings of our babies and parents have sparked outrage among our human friends.


“The USDA is Waging War Against America’s Canada Geese,” says In Defense of Animals (IDA).

We can not vote, so we ask our human friends to vote for politicians that care about us and will protect us from the USDA.

GooseWatch NYC has endorsed Yetta G. Kurland, Carlos Menchaca and Helen Rosenthal for City Council. They are our friends!

David Karopkin, Founder and Director of GooseWatch NYC, says “Yetta Kurland, Carlos Menchaca, and Helen Rosenthal are dedicated fighters for all New Yorkers, and proud advocates for animals. They agree that New York City’s current policy is the wrong approach, and have pledged their support for our efforts to protect Canada geese and other urban wildlife.”

If you are a friend of animals, GooseWatch NYC is “looking for street canvassers for each of our endorsed City Council Candidates. We specifically need help for Yetta Kurland in the West Village, Chelsea, and Midtown West, Carlos Menchaca in Red Hook and Sunset Park, and Helen Rosenthal on the Upper West Side.”

In 2011, “community residents, New York State Senator Eric Adams, New York City Council Member Letitia “Tish” James and and pro-animal right activists convened a ‘Hands Around the Lake’ rally to demand Mayor Bloomberg to stop the killing of our Canada Geese in Prospect Park.”

State Senator Eric Adams is running for Brooklyn Borough President and Councilwoman Letitia “Tish” James is running for Public Advocate. They are our friends, too!

On Monday, May 6, 2013, NYCLASS hosted a “mayoral forum on animal protection issues.” Five mayoral candidates attended and over 200 animal advocates. Many important issues affecting animals in NYC were discussed, and we were especially grateful for the opportunity to hear the candidates discuss their views on the killing of our families.


This is the video of the hour-long forum, skip ahead if you want to 53:36 for the question about the geese, and the candidate’s answers are transcribed below thanks to our friends at GooseWatch NYC. Decide for yourself which candidate is our friend and vote for him.

Tom Allon: In the summer of 2010, residents of Brooklyn were shocked to find that Prospect Park’s entire population of Canadian geese was killed by the USDA, as part of a Citywide program introduced by Mayor Bloomberg. Aviation and biological experts contend these methods are not merely inhumane but unnecessary, biologically, and fiscally ineffective. As mayor, would you work with animal protection organizations to implement proven non-lethal methods to resolve conflicts with Canadian geese?

Bill DeBlasio: The answer is I don’t think there was ever an effort to work with other approaches that would have been more humane, to work with experts who could have shown a better approach, and I’m committed to not just rushing in and killing animals when there might be a better way. Look, we know around the airports, and I don’t want to placate, we have a real challenge around the airports when it comes to geese, and that’s a very, very serious matter in terms of the safety of aviation. But in the case of Prospect Park it wasn’t that, and there were better approaches that weren’t tried, and we have to get every approach on the table and work with the experts.

John Liu: I certainly pledge to work with the animal care experts in terms of how to control the population of Canadian geese, I think, I recall, obviously, you had a near horrific disaster in the Hudson River and a plane crash was averted due to the skills of Sully, but nonetheless, that raised questions about how safe the airports and approaches to and from airports are. Look, I’m not a politician by trade or experience, I’m a mathematical physics major, you know what the probability is of a flock of geese being in the flight path of an airplane? I mean, it is almost infinitesimal. Is there any chance that it could happen? Yes. But, we gotta figure out what the flight paths are, there are other strategies to control the population of these kinds of birds, and in fact I don’t recall all of them, which is why I need to work more closely with the animal care experts, but I have read suggestions about how you curtail where and when these geese are living and migrating to and from, and to try to keep them out of the flight paths of the planes. The closer to the airport, obviously, statistically the more significant the probability is of an airplane flying into a flock of geese, but as you get even just a little further away from the airport it becomes almost like two planes crashing in mid-air, and that’s something that’s not going to happen. The other thing, I think with modern day technology, there are much more refined ways of seeing what’s in the air, and therefore avoiding some kind of collision between a plane and a goose, so that’s something that should explored also.

Bill Thompson: We have to approach this in a very differentiated way, there isn’t a one size fits all. So we look at Prospect Park, and it’s a very different area than the airports. I think the first thing we have to do, we have to use safety as our foundation and as the prime thing we need to focus on. But, there are other ways, working with individuals, particularly if you look at Prospect Park, and I have to admit – I was stunned that that was the result, that that’s what the City of New York working with USDA decided to do – in Prospect Park, it didn’t seem to make any sense. We obviously want to make sure that the airports are safe, and that we make sure that safety, again, is the number one issue. But, working with advocates, working with some of the newer technologies, we should be able to come up with additional ideas, that we don’t have to just go out as they did in Prospect Park and wind up killing the Canadian geese population in the City of New York. We should be able to work in a very differentiated way, safety being the first issue, but there are a lot of good ideas out there – we need to explore those ideas.

Sal Albanese: Safety is the first issue but I think we should explore other alternatives before we go in and kill a flock a geese in Prospect Park, so I would be willing to work with experts, animal control people to find out if there are any other options besides the mass eradication of the geese in Prospect Park. As John pointed out, there’s probably a more technologically smart way of addressing this rather than what was done in Brooklyn.

John Catsimatidis: I believe there should be an alternative method, I think possibly instead of shooting them or killing them, we should be putting them to sleep and try to move them some place. Well, you know, if you’re just going to kill them and new geese are going to fly in, what are you gonna do kill the new geese too? Let’s be smart about this. In addition, I didn’t hear anything about what my opponent wanted to do, which is killing all the deer in Staten Island [Joe Lhota].

Christine Quinn (was invited but) declined to attend.


On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, GooseWatch NYC and In Defense of Animals had a press conference and rally at Merchant’s Gate (Columbus Circle) Central Park to speak out against the killing of Canada geese in New York City.

The speakers were David Karopkin, Founder and Director of GooseWatch NYC, Ken Paskar, President of Friends of La Guardia Airport and former lead safety representative for the FAA Safety Team; Anja Heister, M.S. Biologist and Director of the Wild and Free-Habitats Campaign; Brian Shapiro, NY State Director of The Humane Society of the United States; Edita Birnkrant, NY Director of Friends of Animals; Suzanne Soehner, resident of the Inwood Hill Park community and Mary Beth Purdy Artz, NYC Wildlife Advocate.

We hope the next NYC Mayor will end the contract with the USDA. You can help us. Vote for somebody who you think is going to protect us and will end the roundups in NYC parks and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.