The next time you see a cat hater spewing misinformation about how cats kill zillions of birds, remind them of the verifiable fact that the US government killed 4 million animals, mostly birds, last year. That number includes tens of thousands of beautiful Canadian geese.
The government’s only criteria for killing appears to be a complaint from someone/anyone describing the birds as a nuisance. And the killing is done in the cruelest of ways, as detailed in this recent story from Youngstown, Ohio.
Two hundred thirty-eight adult geese and their babies were targeted for extermination at Mill Creek Park. Wildlife officials waited until June to kill the geese since they are most vulnerable at that time – the goslings are too young to fly and the adults have temporarily lost their ability to fly due to molting. Unable to escape their killers, these adult and baby geese were herded into a chamber and gassed to death – an agonizing way for animals of any age to die.
Let’s be clear: these are not fabricated numbers based on junk science like the now debunked cat claims, these are government reported numbers of kills. All done for convenience in the most horrifying manner imaginable. And paid for by American taxpayers. The feds seem to have something in common with local government run “shelters” with regard to convenience killing of animals – and that is not a good thing.
(Thanks Arlene for the link.)