Attention: Scott Gilmore, Executive Director
Denver Department of Parks & Recreation
Dear Mr. Gilmore:
I am writing to you on behalf of United Poultry Concerns to urge you to stop rounding up Canada geese and having them killed as a way of controlling their population.
It’s concerning that the city of Denver could use nonlethal methods to accommodate the resident geese, yet chooses a violent “solution” instead. Most Denver residents reportedly do not want the Canada geese and their goslings rounded up and sent to – who knows what horrible end. Please do not claim that the dead geese are being fed to the “homeless,” etc. Even if this questionable claim were somewhat true, this roundup is not being done to feed needy people. For that matter, the poultry industry already produces tons of excess carnage to meet that goal.
It appears to me and others that you enjoy this ugly procedure. Evidence of this enjoyment includes the fact that your department has other options, like for instance, employing workers to keep the parks and other affected areas clean.
I will never understand choosing to make animals suffer and die horrible deaths when practical, humane alternatives exist, as they do in this case.
People are increasingly sick and tired of the easy, violent, unimaginative ways resorted to by federal, state, and local administrators to deal with animal “nuisances.” In point of fact, it is not the geese who harm and despoil the environment, but us. Let’s do something that benefits the environment for which we humans take responsibility for our own behavior.
Thank you in advance for your attention and consideration. Your response would be appreciated.
Karen Davis, PhD, President
United Poultry Concerns
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405