11 July 2020

Park rangers shoving terrified geese into crates

Canada Geese Massacre in Denver, CO: Correspondence & Update


Dear Friends,

Thank you for your many emails and phone calls to the executive director of the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation, Scott Gilmore. Tragically, the round-up of geese sitting peacefully on the water at dawn has continued, as shown here:
Garland Park Round-up: Setting up Chutes for the Geese

If Mr. Gilmore is experiencing any remorse for the suffering and death he has needlessly authorized, it is not apparent.

Mr. Gilmore’s email to UPC can be read here:
Mr. Gilmore email to UPC, July 8 2020

UPC president Karen Davis’s reply to Mr. Gilmore can be read here:
UPC reply to Mr. Gilmore, July 10 2020

So many heartfelt pleas to Mr. Gilmore to save the geese have been made and forwarded to UPC over the past week. We chose one that describes to Mr. Gilmore a peaceful resolution by Corporate Real Estate in Colorado:
Wendy Oschmann to Mr. Gilmore, July 8 2020

Philosophy professor John Sanbonmatsu spoke with Mr. Gilmore on July 10. Here, in part, is John’s report on their conversation:

Incredibly, after 40 minutes of polite conversation and argument, Gilmore somehow thought he was "reassuring" me when he then added that the geese hadn't been "wasted," but had been "processed" with help from the USDA and served in food pantries for poor families needing "high quality" protein during the COVID epidemic. "No part was wasted," etc.! And he really thought this would help me feel better about the killing.

We will continue our effort, led by Canada Geese Protection Colorado, to save the geese and stop the violence, if not this year, then next. Here is the most recent update from Canada Geese Protection Colorado:
City of Denver oversees Garland Park round-up of Canada Geese at dawn

Please write back to Mr. Gilmore at scott.gilmore@denvergov.org if you’re dissatisfied with his response to your pleas on behalf of the geese. He claims that all but one person he talked to on the phone – 30 or more – now “understand” (sympathize or agree with) his decision to destroy the geese, but this is not true. People are sickened by his behavior toward the geese and by his attempt to pacify the outrage. He’s confusing our civility with complicity.


Keep HONKING for the Canada Geese!
United Poultry Concerns


Park ranger keeping protesters at a distance