In Defense Of Animals And Local Citizens Call On Mount Laurel City Officials To Abandon Archaic Geese Extermination
Mount Laurel, NJ (July 9, 2010) – Following Mount Laurel township’s decision to kill with gas an entire flock of Canada geese at Laurel Acres Park despite widespread community opposition, the international animal protection organization In Defense of Animals (IDA) and Mount Laurel citizens are urging the township to utilize humane, non-lethal, long-term solutions to address the Canada Geese population issue.
As Mount Laurel township officials plan the geese management protocol for next year, IDA and many local residents expressed outrage at Township Manager Jennifer Blumenthal’s Decision to use drastic and cruel measures.
“Humane, non-lethal and long-term population control measures exist, are proven, and would have been the modern day solution,” said IDA president Scotlund Haisley. “It is disheartening that Mount Laurel officials consider the extermination of federally-protected migratory birds a justifiable solution to complaints about aesthetics and overpopulation in this day and age.”
Canada geese are a monogamous species who develop strong family attachments, making their slaughter last month even more cruel. Families of geese were herded during their most vulnerable time of year, when their flight feathers had molted and they were unable to fly. When the USDA workers arrived to kill them, they had no defense or opportunity to escape.
Mount Laurel resident Benjamin Prybutok also expressed outrage at the injustice of killing the geese: “The Mayor reassured the public that lethal methods would not be utilized, while the Township Manager said otherwise,” he stated. “Township Manager Blumenthal is a poor representative of our community and should be forced to resign. She has angered a large portion of our community and we don’t trust that she’ll consider modern day, humane solutions in the future when more geese move in to occupy this now vacant territory.”
Haisley, Prybutok and other concerned citizens will address Mayor Keenan, Township Manager Blumenthal, and Council members on Monday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m., at the Mount Laurel Township Council Meeting in the Municipal Courtroom at the Mount Laurel Police Station.
For more information, please visit www.idausa.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Scotlund Haisley, Scotlund@idausa.org, 707-981-7701
IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS • 3010 KERNER BLVD. • SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 • 415-448-0048
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