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Letters: Fans and foes of killing geese

The Town of North Hempstead has entered into

The Town of North Hempstead has entered into an agreement with the USDA to euthanize flocks of geese that are damaging town parks and other properties. (May 10, 2013) Credit: Mark Bellew

What a terrific plan North Hempstead has come up with -- euthanize the geese, giving people back their parks in a clean, healthy environment, and at the same time providing food for others ["Residents cry fowl," News, May 15].

Unfortunately, those in favor of this plan will sit idly by waiting for it to happen, while those who think animals are more important than people will campaign vehemently against it.

I encourage our lawmakers, not only in North Hempstead but in all other municipalities on Long Island, to follow this lead. We pay hefty taxes for clean, healthy parks -- please provide us with them!

Joe Fasano, Massapequa Park

I am extremely upset at the proposed extermination of these beautiful birds. There has to be a better way of controlling the population than catching and killing them, especially since so many babies have just recently been born. I feel that it is shameful to kill wild animals for our convenience. I can't believe that there are people who would actually perform this act.

Other government entities have dealt with the overpopulation in more humane ways. For instance, as Newsday reported, Mamaroneck recently changed its extermination plans ["Town plan to euthanize geese ruffles feathers," News, May 14]. I am hoping that methods other than killing can be found to handle this issue.

Terese Odon, Mineola