Scarsdale’s plan to eliminate the problem of Canada geese flocking near the library pond is garnering more foes as word spreads among animal rights activists. Friends of Animals, based in Darien, Conn., is the latest organization to slam Scarsdale’s plan to tap into a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that rounds up the birds during their flightless molting period in early summer and then harvests their meat for donation to food banks.
Edita Birnkrant, the New York director of Friends of Animals, said in a news release that complaints over waste from the birds could be eased if the village picked up the droppings just as it does litter. “What’s needed is an attitude adjustment, not a bloody round up and shooting project,” Birnkrant said in the statement. The USDA program does not involve shooting the birds, but rather gathering them and euthanizing them in what is described as a “humane” fashion.
Friends of Animals plans to send Scarsdale officials their manual for altering the landscape to remove the short grasses so attractive to the birds.