In de­fence of Canada geese

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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 taniya@or­con.net.nz.

We need your time, a cou­ple of ex­cit­ing hours per week/month, not your money.

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