Selected Articles from our
The C.A.S.H. Courier
ARTICLE from the Summer 2007 Issue
She’s Emily To Us, But “A Nuisance Goose” To Them
Photo by Tony Tye, Post-Gazette
In happier times - geese cross Lake Shore Drive in North
The following is excerpted and summarized from an article by Linda
Wilson Fuoco that appeared in the July 18th issue of the Pittsburgh
In early July, in Allegheny County, PA, 272 Canada geese were rounded up
by Wildlife Services and County parks personnel and killed. ..
But many people like the geese and have lobbied for their right to live
in the park.
Rebecca Reid of Voices for Animals, a local animal rights group
was outraged. “We thought we had an agreement.”
County officials had met with group members in May and assured them
that nonlethal methods would be used to control the numbers of Canada geese.
Mr. Baechle [Allegheny County Parks Director], said the decision to kill
many of the Canada geese “was made by my department and the County
The slaughtered birds [including Emily] were taken to a meat packing
plant and given to food banks if their flesh was deemed safe to eat.
We thank our member, George Nagle, for sending us the article and
letter. The letter is so precious because this is the crux of the difference
between “us” and “them.” “Emily is an individual,” but “272 Canada geese”
are not seen as individuals. Game agencies and government killers do not
recognize the value of the individual and we do. While their thinking cannot
be changed, their decisions can be.
Contact LOHV at 1-877-LOHV-US7.
LOHV can change this.
Letter to the Editor
by Beth Kubit
They Killed Emily
According to the Post-Gazette Editorial, the county was right to thin
the goose flock. To them, Emily was just a public nuisance, and should
is a Canada Goose whom I rescued last year and nursed back to health. I live
in North Park, which is right at the Lake. I knew nothing about geese before
helping Emily. After spending so much time with her, I learned how
intelligent, affectionate and trusting a goose can be. I have no doubt that
the bond we developed would have lasted for life.
It was so rewarding to see Emily healthy again. She would come to visit me
every day, and I looked forward to seeing her. She even recognized my car.
Onorato said that, “No geese will be killed,” so I believed Emily was safe.
If I had known that he would go back on his word, I would have rescued her
and taken her to a sanctuary.
up last Wednesday to read that 272 geese were killed at North Park. I ran
out looking for Emily. I fearfully drove around the lake searching for her.
I didn’t see any geese. They were gone. They killed them all overnight! I
waited Thursday and Friday hoping that Emily escaped and would come back to
visit me like always. She never came.
Emily may have only been just a public nuisance to the
Post Gazette, but I loved her.