Westchester 4 Geese Applauds Senator George Latimer for Bill Calling for Hearings Before Goose and Mute Swan Kills

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WPCNR ENVIRONMENTALIST. From Westchester4Geese Facebook.  February 21, 2014:

On July 22, 2013 Westchester 4 Geese met with Senator George Latimer for the express purpose of creating legislation to restrict the DEC and USDA ‘s (bird) culls, mandatory prior notification of culls and the termination of food bank donations of culled animals.

The DEC is the licensing agent for the USDA. After months of repeated followup State Senator George Latimer has created the following bill; some items may be added:This is the bill:

Subject: Geese Protection LawProposed new law to protect geese with (a) public hearing; (b) requirement to review all human alternatives, and (c) prohibit use of meat for human consumption.

New Sect. 11-0541. Turkeys and geese

1. Prior to filing a request with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for a permit for lethal disposition of turkeys or geese, the
local government shall hold a public hearing thereon in a place determined by that government in the locality affected. At least ten (10)
days before the hearing, notice thereof shall be advertised in a newspaper published in the community affected. The notice shall state the

subject of the hearing and the proposed disposition of the turkeys or geese. 

2. Prior to filing said request for permit to the NYS DEC, the local government shall provide proff that they have fully evaluated all humane

alternatives to execution of the turkeys or geese, subsequent to the public hearing, and have reviewed that evaluation at a public meeting

of the governing board of that government, no more than sixty (60) days after the public hearing, such meeting held under full compliance

with the applicable open meetings laws. 

3. The local government shall not donate turkeys or geese to be used for human consumption.

Sect. 2. This act shall take effect immediately. 

Please contact Senator Latimer and thank him for this ground-breaking legislation, which comes at a time when the public has been made aware of the vast abuses of those agencies, which will hopefully assist in the passage of this bill.

Contact Senator Latimer via legislative aide Andrew Ferris:
EMAIL:
Ferris@nysenate.gov

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