In defence of Canada geese
I was saddened to learn of Jenny Brash’s plan to kill 70 of our resident Canada geese (July 16), which is both ineffective and inhumane.
Killing the geese will simply clear the way for more geese to move in.
Netting the birds while they are unable to fly would cause them great stress, and taking them away to be gassed is hardly ‘‘humane’’, as Ms Brash claims. A health hazard? We can’t blame the geese for parasites that are present in the environment: If they eat it, it’s bound to be in their poop.
What about effluent, chemicals, rubbish and silt, which is far more detrimental to the harbour environment? A pest? Depends on your perspective. I have the joy and delight of being friends with a mixed gaggle of five geese, including two Canada geese.
Geese are wondrous, affectionate, family-oriented, protective – I’ve learnt a lot from them. And they’ve never made me sick.
I recommend an alternative plan: The GeesePeace programme, which is used internationally to inexpensively, humanely and sustainably manage our geese kin.
The focus is on reducing the population by stopping their eggs from hatching, and moving the birds on by making the environment unattractive to them.
You can find out about it at geesepeace.com.
I am volunteering to organise and co-ordinate a GeesePeace programme.
If you care about geese and would like to associate with likeminded folk, please contact me – phone 235 8482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need your time, a couple of exciting hours per week/month, not your money.