Geese Return To Vilas Park

Did anyone really believe that the city of Madison’s decision to kill hundreds of geese would solve the “problem”? This story keeps getting worse and worse.

“Besides being a controversial thing to do, it’s not effective by itself,” said Stacy Taeuber, who served on the Vilas goose committee and recommended nonlethal means like modifying their habitat by putting in taller brush along shorelines. “It’s kind of a big change, and it may be expensive initially. But, in the long run, that’s what’s going to keep geese away.”

After Killing, Geese Return To Vilas Park – Madison News Story – WISC Madison.

GOP Rep Pridemore Seeks To Ease Puppy Mill Legislation



HARTFORD – Despite legislation in 2009 to crackdown on puppy mills, a new proposal would ease restrictions on dog breeders. The proposal comes from one of the original co-sponsors of the bill, and now Representative Donald Pridemore of Hartford says the rules went too far.

Representative Donald Pridemore changes his tune on puppy mill legislation – TODAY’S TMJ4.

Vmix : A memorial for geese

No one at the memorial service knew the deceased personally.

Some wore black, despite the summer heat, others “Save the Geese” T-shirts.

A prayer and request for forgiveness opened the ceremony.

“We apologize to our creator for taking the lives of these precious beings,” said Kathie Free of Madison, a retired social worker.

Wednesday’s memorial service on the steps of the City-County Building, attended by 12 people, bemoaned the loss of the geese rounded up in city parks last month and killed as part of a city attempt to reduce geese feces at picnic sites and on beaches.

Watch video footage here.

Vmix : A memorial for geese.

Peter Singer: Treating animals better shows our moral progress

Mahatma Gandhi acutely observed that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” To seek to reduce the suffering of those who are completely under one’s domination, and unable to fight back, is truly a mark of a civilized society.

Read more: Peter Singer: Treating animals better shows our moral progress.

Locals to Hold Memorials for Madison’s Geese

A coalition of concerned citizens will be holding a memorial for the
hundreds of geese that the city of Madison paid to have killed last

Join this group on Wednesday, July 13 at 11:30 a.m. in front of the
State Capitol on Martin Luther King,Jr. Drive. From there they will
march to the City-County Building and stand together as a tribute to
the wild Canada geese and goslings that were rounded up and
slaughtered. (Note: there is a farmers’ market going on in front of
City-County bldg. at this time)

Although Mayor Soglin received postcards, phone calls, and e-mails
urging him to stop the kill, he did nothing. The city could not be
bothered with spending time or energy on long-term alternatives to
control the population.

A sign-making/organizational meeting will be held at Lakeview Branch
of the Madison Public Library on Tuesday evening, July 12 at 4:30
p.m. Please join in.

For more information please contact Kathie Free at 608-819-8191.

Memorial: July 13, 11:30 a.m.
Meet in front of Capitol bldg on MLK, Jr. Drive
March to City-County bldg for memorial.

Sign-making/organizational Meeting: July 12, 4:30 p.m.
Lakeview Branch of Madison Public Library

Locals to Hold Memorial for Madison’s Geese.

Linda Wolfe: Trapping on public land poor wildlife management technique

Dear Editor: In Shawn Doherty’s article “Trapping program proposed on county park lands,” the proponents of opening public land to trapping seemed to suggest that trapping is safe, humane and necessary. However, years of research and a recent undercover investigation by Born Free USA show that there have been no significant advances in reducing the number of nontarget captures, nor can traps be considered “humane” by any stretch of the imagination.

Read the entire letter by clicking the link below.

Linda Wolfe: Trapping on public land poor wildlife management technique.

Goose Kill Complete At Madison Parks – Madison News Story – WISC Madison

July 1, 2011. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has confirmed that the controversial goose slaughter took place this week, despite overwhelming opposition to the killing from Madison residents and offers from local business people and citizens to help manage the population humanely. Read more.

WISC Madison report below:

Goose Kill Complete At Madison Parks – Madison News Story – WISC Madison.