What do to with a murdered goose: eat it! Obviously! »
New York City is set to kill a bunch of geese, again. This year, however, instead of gassing them and throwing their bodies in a landfill, NYC made a deal with a Pennsylvania slaughterhouse to truck the geese there, where they’ll be killed, processed, and sent to Pennsylvania food banks.
According to the New York Times, “much of the outcry” came from not anger at killing the geese last year, but that “literally tons of tasty, high-protein free-range meat (an adult goose can weigh 25 pounds) [was left] to rot in garbage heaps.” Yeah! I remember, um, none of that. Maybe it’s true, though—maybe In Defense of Animals is super-angry because the goose meat was wasted. It’s definitely not because geese that have lived in human-populated areas are unfit for human consumption, full of “PCBs, pesticides, and heavy metals.” And the geese chilling in Prospect Park right now because they are molting and therefore “temporarily unable to fly” are definitely huge threats to airplanes.
Delicious, dangerous geese: destroy and devour! What choice does New York have? Obviously none, or else this wouldn’t be happening. Right?
[photo by TexasEagle on Flickr]
Top 10 links of the week! »
RIP Knut. Knut the polar bear died this week and it’s very sad. But don’t worry! He’s going to be stuffed and mounted! Vegetarian Star has the details.
New York is crazy for veggie burgers! The New York Times is totally in love with veggie burgers this week. I’m like, way to be late to the party! But welcome all the same.
Laura busts heads. If you didn’t read our Laura’s response to that lame Ecosalon piece, read Luara’s response to that lame Ecosalon piece.
Laura plays nice. AOL City’s Best interviewed our own Laura! She’s blowing up. I’m not the least bit jealous—her coattails suit me just fine! You go, girl.
Tsunami dolphin saved. There have been some bittersweet animals stories coming out of Japan, not the least of which is the rescue of a little baby dolphin in a rice field. There is a picture on the other end of this link, boy is there a picture.
Breast milk from cows. Um, in China, they are totally creating cows that produce human milk. I’m sure they are treating the cows really great too. People seem grossed out but how is it any grosser than drinking regular cow milk? I ask you. Both come out of cow nipples.
Saber-toothed vegetarian? Everyone is so excited about this new discovery: a saber-toothed vegetarian monster! (Monster is the scientific term).
More oil, more problems. Nightingale island, home to half the world’s population of northern rockhopper penguins, is covered in oil. People are working to save the cute, funny-haired penguins but there is a lack of supplies and help on the remote island. This is a bummer. I don’t think I’m getting a joke out of this.
Get ready for kitten season! Kitten season is just around the corner and Paw Nation has ten really great tips on caring for your new bundle of indifference.
New York City murders geese. New York is set to kill more Canada geese, see what you can do to help stop them!
We may be crazy, but at least we’re not racist creeps! It’s this week’s link-o-rama! »
Stephen Colbert better knows a meat lobbyist, just for us! [can’t see the video? watch in on Vegansaurus.com!]
Your vegany events!
The very first Peninsula Vegan Bakesale happens tomorrow, Saturday Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.! It’s at the EVO store, at 159 South B St. in San Mateo, and will benefit the Coalition on Homelessness San Francisco and Pets in Need. And the next time some jerk asks you why you care so much about animals when there are so many people suffering, you can just show them this awesome flyer and walk away like the smuggest bastard in the world.
Also tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the House Rabbit Society is having its monthly rabbit adoption event at George in Berkeley! You can bring your rabbit/s in for a nail trim and/or to make new friends, and anyone interested in learning more about buns is welcome to stop by. George is located at 1824 Fourth Street. Remember you can preview the adoptable rabbits, and if there’s one (or more) you really want to see, email Anne and she’ll do her best to ensure s/he shows up tomorrow.
Finally, Farm Sanctuary is hosting a California Twilight Tour from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at the shelter in Orland. Tickets vost $25 for adults and $15 for children under under 13; the Sanctuary will provide vegan snacks, including wine and beer, and live music. To register, call 607-583-2225 ext. 221, or do it online.
Wildcare asks that all California voters please send a message to the state Senate asking that those jerks pass AB 234, which would “require booms around fueling vessels in California’s open waters.”
Animal Place asks that Californians please email State Fair Manager Norbert Bartosik and politely but firmly ask him to eliminate the live birth exhibits at State Fair, as they are what some might call revolting and barbaric.
Tom Scocca reports that 100 Canada geese have returned to Prospect Park, after a flock of 400 were murdered last month. Kinship Circle asks that you please email a whole bunch of responsible parties in New York and New Jersey to ask that they refrain from murdering any more of the estimated 250,000 geese presently living in New York state, despite state biologists’ estimations that the state can hold no more than 85,000 geese.
Invisible octopus—it’s AMAZING!
[can’t see the video? watch in on Vegansaurus.com!]
Vegany weekend reading!
Let’s begin with local news! This week, some
complete assholes fellow humans from the Aquarium of the Bay caught a big sevengill shark. Then Demian Bulwa wrote an article about it, full of awful puns. Sevengills live in open ocean; this one will be kept in a 350,000 gallon tank. Even the Chronicle commentariat are united in rage. In the lily pond in Golden Gate Park, evil AFRICAN clawed frogs have INVADED and are slowly INFILTRATING ecosystems as far as Sacramento and BEYOND. Some citizens want to emulate Australia’s cane toad VIGILANTES, just cold murdering AFRICAN clawed frogs like they were MILITARY INVADERS, because officials won’t listen to their demands to EUTHANIZE the KILLER AFRICAN MENACE. Haighteration reminds residents that if you are having, um, “trouble” with the gang of feral cats running that block in neighborhood (Catsterdam? no?), please get a free trap from the SF SPCA and do your part. There’s a new head of the Vicious and Dangerous Animal Unit at the SFPD—specifically, one officer in charge of animal court trials, and another in charge of investigations—in an effort to “modernize the unit.”
Gena of Choosing Raw wrote a really awesome post about the Target Bronx Community Garden, with a ton of pretty pictures (side note: I am stealing Duane to raise as my own. LOOK AT THAT FACE it is irresistable). Some doctors are using “prescription coupons” to give their patients—most often poorer people—funds to buy produce through farmers’ market nutrition programs. Some of it is anti-obesity stuff, which your Vegansaurus despises on principle, but we fully support everyone getting equal access to delicious fruit and vegetables. The tomato: “cold and moist,” reminiscent of a lady’s special area, the freakiest thing to come from the Americas in the 17th century—how did those dumb white people figure out that it was delicious?
That’s enough smiling. This week, during a corrida in Spain that “consists of getting as close as possible to the bull, without getting hurt” but not actually murdering the animal, the bull had enough of the taunting spectators and leapt into the stands, injuring 40 people (link includes video). All the people living around Lake Tahoe are having trouble with a tricksy bear they call “Bubba,” who outwits dogs and has proven immune to bullets. He even steals from church! Why can’t bears just stay in the forest area people haven’t cut down for giant vacation homes yet? When you eat church peanut butter, you make the baby Jesus cry, Bubba. Their palates bored by fried strips of dead pig, “foodies” now turn to beef, lamb, and veal “bacon” to free themselves from their culinary torpor. Your Vegansaurus wonders if do-it-yourself animal slaughter isn’t gaining popularity—not that we buy that, entirely—because of omnivores’ need to sate their bloodlust, rather than the depression 2.0, self-sustaining bullshit they tell themselves is the reason they’re so happy to hack into bunny’s head. If we’re going to eat animals, no one is better than the other. You may continue eating dog, Chinese people—white dude, out.
OK some good news: they released the first oiled turtles back into the Gulf of Mexico yesterday! Of course the article neglects to say where the turtles were released, how directly that area of the Gulf has been affected by the oil spill, and whether they expect the turtles to survive, considering just how fucked up the Gulf is. But hey! Rescued endangered sea turtles! Maybe buy a wallet made of recycled newspapers and plastic bags from Holstee—Ecouterre reports that the wallets provide “fair-wage employment, healthcare, and education for the people who craft them.” Get out of town, Holstee.
Goslings in Prospect Park, filmed by Seth Kaplan
According to everyone’s favorite, the New York Times, 400 Canada geese* that lived in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park were euthanized last Thursday. I am not kidding! They GASSED them! Sick! Then people going to the park were like, WTF happened to the geese? Finally the city was like, we totally killed 400 of them and didn’t tell you. Why did they kill them? Because they are worried the geese will fly into engines and crash planes. All the fear comes from a plane that had to land in the Hudson because of geese in January 2009. But guess what! THOSE geese were not any of the resident geese! According to local teacher and my new favorite person, Seth Kaplan: “It’s really important to remember that the Canada geese that collided with Flight 1549 were tested by researchers at the Smithsonian and they were not populations that lived in our area,” and they say most of the Prospect Park geese are probably residents. Apparently there are two types of the Canada geese: ones that fly north for the summer and ones that are permanent city-folk, but they can’t really tell them apart. So they just kill them all.
Because I am a genius scientist, I did some research on “bird strikes”—that’s what they call it when a bird hits a plane. That makes it sound like some Disney movie about a rag-tag team of military birds. Slate has a great article about “Everything you need to know about bird strikes, water landings, and other airplane emergencies.” They say that generally, nothing happens when a bird hits a plane. According to birdstrike.org, “Over 9,000 bird and other wildlife strikes were reported for USA civil aircraft in 2009,” of which 31 percent were geese.
[Megan Rascal note: I had to edit this whole part because I totally fucked up the data analysis! My bad] There were 9,000 wildlife strikes but an actual crash from a bird strike is very rare. Since 1955, there have been 54 crashes due to bird strikes. So in one year there were 2,790 bird strikes by geese, but in 55 years, there were only 54 crashes (due to bird strikes in general, not just geese).
I don’t want anyone to die from bird strikes, but why are birds so high on the list of priorities when it comes to airplane safety? There are also other things they can do besides gassing 400 geese. One theory for an increasing number of bird strikes is that planes are quieter than they use to be; they should make planes really loud! There are also other methods to reducing the goose population, like not allowing all the goose eggs to hatch. They can find the eggs and paint them with corn oil, which stops the eggs from hatching. Gassing 400 geese just seems like the last solution on earth! I know geese are mean, but they have a right to live in peace.
*Did you know it’s Canada geese and not Canadian geese? Blow my mind why don’t you!