Please refer to the BBC video about these amazing creatures after reading this article.
New documentation has surfaced pertaining to the July 8 massacre of well over 250 geese along with many of their babies from Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York.
This event has been documented as the largest intentional waterfowl extermination in New York City history, and it only took place last summer.
The Brooklyn Paper reports that federal agents gathered up 1,676 geese. They were obtained from 19 different locations, including the city and Nassau County.
On that dreadful July morning, these defenseless animals were thrown into crates and shipped off to JFK. The federal agents then proceeded to gas, bag, and discard them. Such information was made known to the public via a request made possible by the New York State Freedom of Information Law.
The records also indicate that in an attempt to avoid local attention, the agents decided to carry out their plot “under cover of darkness”.
Laura Francoeur, the chief wildlife biologist for Port Authority, wrote an e-mail disclosing how the JFK operatives were to avoid detection by any means necessary.
Park Slope residents remain outraged about this blatant act of animal cruelty. Why not relocate the animals instead of rounding them up to just to be murdered?
According to the Brooklyn Paper, this act was the direct result of the city’s ongoing effort to thwart the influx of the birds “within a seven-mile radius from both LaGuardia and JFK airports –a radius that was expanded last year to include Prospect Park.”
Regrettably, this unabashed exploit by the city to decrease the population of geese and their young resulted in nothing more than a “federally mandated massacre”.
Today, approximately 166 geese have migrated to Prospect Park. It is now up to New Yorkers to ensure that these animals be kept safe.
Interestingly enough, very little media attention has been given to this story. One cannot help but wonder why that is. Acts of abuse should not solely be limited to human beings. All wildlife should be treated with respect, and it is up to the citizens of New York to make sure of that.