Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Honesty matters to me. With public issues, like treatment at the parks, honesty's value is double.

Birds of a feather, Luke and Dan.
Federal agents euthanize 272 Canada geese in Allegheny County - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Lies suck. Luke and Dan have not learned that lesson.

Geese mate for life. Likewise, a stigma of telling lies is sure to stick for life as well.

They said that they would NOT kill the Canadian Geese in North Park. They did kill. Onorato not only lied, but he was too chicken to have County workers thin the flock. The feds did the dirty work in the early hours on a weekend, so it is reported. Pass the buck, err, duck, to the feds.

The crap in the park is one thing. Crap behaviors that allows lies from our politicians to fly is something that can't be tolerated.
Animal-rights groups quickly attacked the move, which they called a violation of earlier pledges to avoid euthanasia.

"Extermination was not the answer, and it is not going to be the answer," said Peter McKosky, 26, of the North Side, a wildlife coordinator with Voices for Animals of Western Pennsylvania. "They lied about what they were going to do. And now they're going to have to deal with a lot of ongoing controversy from people who appreciated the geese being there.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

GeesePeace First, … Focus on Leadership. Community leaders need make only one decision. That is … we will solve the problem … before crisis … we will do it humanely. We will focus our energies on finding a solution we all can accept and that solution will make us a more unified, spirited and proud community.

Anonymous said...

Federal agents euthanize 272 Canada geese in Allegheny County
By Justin Vellucci
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Allegheny County officials announced Tuesday that 272 Canada geese were captured in North Park and exterminated last weekend -- despite promises to avoid lethal means of controlling the birds and their feces.

The action, conducted early Friday and Saturday by five federal Department of Agriculture officials, was the boldest step in a decade-long battle to manage the roughly 700 geese at the 3,010-acre county park.

Officials have addled hundreds of Canada goose eggs -- killing the birds before they hatch -- since at least 2000, but that and other measures have not worked to contain the bird's growing numbers, said parks Director Andrew G. Baechle.

"We're hoping this was a one-time correction to the Canada geese population in the park," Baechle said in a prepared statement.

Animal-rights groups quickly attacked the move, which they called a violation of earlier pledges to avoid euthanasia.

"Extermination was not the answer, and it is not going to be the answer," said Peter McKosky, 26, of the North Side, a wildlife coordinator with Voices for Animals of Western Pennsylvania. "They lied about what they were going to do. And now they're going to have to deal with a lot of ongoing controversy from people who appreciated the geese being there."

"Next June or next May, they'll get another crop of geese coming in from another place that will know nothing of this roundup," said David Feld of GeesePeace, a Virginia-based group that advocates nonlethal means of controlling the birds.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, in the meantime, objects to officials referring to last week's action as "euthanasia."

"That is not euthanasia. That is slaughtering those animals. That is massacring those animals," said Stephanie Boyles, a PETA wildlife biologist. "The word 'euthanasia' means 'good death' -- (and) what they did was not that. They sent them to a USDA slaughterhouse, and a death there is anything but humane."

Baechle said the county paid $7 to process each bird after they were "euthanized humanely." If the bird's flesh is free of contaminants, it will be donated to local food shelters. He declined to comment further.

USDA officials could not be reached late yesterday.

Justin Vellucci can be reached at jvellucci@tribweb.com or 412-320-7847.

Char said...

We should have just gotten Motznik out there to license the geese.

Mark Rauterkus said...

Perhaps that is why even the geese don't land within the city limits.

Matt H said...

This kill was needed.

Mark Rauterkus said...

Lies are never needed.

And, the parks were ignored -- and have been ignored for many, many years.

I was at North Park the same weekend at the outdoor pool. It is in a bad way. Shambles comes to mind.

We need park people making park decisions -- not Onorato and other cronies on Grant Street.

Thomas Leturgey said...

I agree with Mark. This seemed excessive and brutal. In no one does this "out of the blue" action seem right.