Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, writes “Denver’s geese killing program has got it all wrong.” In his essay in Psychology Today, he describes Denver’s choice to kill Canada geese in 2019 and 2020 as a means of population control and so-called damage management “nothing more than a fast, temporary, and violent solution that violates codes of decency, respect, and compassion.”
He describes some of the criticism leveled at Denver from around the world, including from conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall who asks Denver Parks and Recreation to “stop using lethal methods that most likely will have to be used yearly, and adopt non-lethal measures to manage the geese” and Dr. Jill Robinson, Founder and CEO of Animals Asia Foundation, who writes Denver’s decision to kill Canada geese “flies in the face of the law and the advice of experts, and ignores appeals from those in the local community who are calling for the humane treatment of this species” and leaves people “across the globe astonished with such a decision at a time when such ignorance and disregard towards animals is showing such disastrous effects, to them and to humankind.”
Dr. Beckoff also shares reports of the psychological impact that Denver’s Canada Geese killings have had on citizens of Denver. We here at Canada Geese Protection Colorado have heard from so many of you the sadness and depression that has resulted from Denver’s use of lethal methods to control the Canada goose population.
You can read his full article here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/animal-emotions/202007/why-geese-matter.