June 8, 2011
The HSUS Condemns Saranac Lake, N.Y., School Board’s Decision to Round Up and Kill Geese
The Humane Society of the United States condemns the decision of the Saranac Lake Central School District’s Board of Education to round up and kill geese and goslings near the athletic fields of Saranac Lake High School. The program will be carried out in the next weeks through a contract with USDA Wildlife Services.
“The Saranac Lake School Board could have used this as an opportunity to teach its students a valuable lesson in kindness and compassion toward wildlife, but instead, it has opted for an inhumane, ineffective and unnecessary geese slaughter, which sends a terrible message to youth,” said Patrick Kwan, New York state director for The HSUS.
Conflicts with wildlife can be effectively resolved using humane, long-term and noncontroversial solutions. Nuisance problems involving Canada geese in particular can be managed using nonlethal techniques such as habitat modification, aversive conditioning, and humanely preventing population growth. Unfortunately, the Saranac Lake School Board has failed to respond to repeated offers from The HSUS to assist in the design and implementation of a humane program for solving goose conflicts.
The HSUS once again urges school officials to immediately halt plans to go forward with the slaughter of geese. The HSUS has helped communities across the country set up effective and humane programs for resolving conflicts with geese. These win-win humane programs would clean up the school’s athletic fields and restore peace within the community.
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