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Enviro-Mich message from Ann Frisch <fan46@execpc.com>
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CONTACT: Dr. Ann Frisch, Coalition to Protect Canada Geese, (414) 235 2185.

A Notice of Dangerous Condition of Action was served on agents of the
Michigan Department of Natural Resources and other parties who may be
accomplices in the delivery of Canada Geese to Michigan's poor.  The notice
was served by mail by the Coalition to Protect Canada Geese on Monday by
certified mail.  

Canada Geese infrequently have high levels of toxic chemicals in their
bodies because they eat the grass from our toxic laden golf courses and
industrial sites.  The Bureau of Community Health tested ten Canada Geese
and concluded that there would be no harm in feeding them to the poor,
although they had evidence that that New York had send their slaughtered
geese to the land fill due to high levels of toxic lead.   

Among those who were served were George Burgoyne and Pete Squibb, Bureau of
Wildlife; John Hess, Bureau of Community Health, Steve Wilds, Chief,
Division of Migratory Birds, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Katherine
Inness, Chair of Waterford Township Board.  A complete list follows.

In addition,  the Notice of Dangerous Condition of Action was served on
three food banks either involved in last years' delivery of Canada Geese to
the poor or would be faced with accepting them this year: Forgotten Harvest,
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, and Gleaners' Community Food Bank.  The
Coalition to Protect Canada Geese which served the notice had contacted some
of the food banks to alert them to the dangers of some of the geese.

The Notice of Dangerous Condition of Action puts the recipients on notice
that the available scientific knowledge raises questions about the safety of
consuming Canada Geese due to the likelihood of lead, DDT, dieldrin, PCBs
and other chemicals. Should the officials proceed to slaughter and deliver
the toxic laden geese to the poor, the Coalition will take steps to recover
the names of the recipients and provide the names to the Trial Lawyers
Association.  The service makes the notification part of the public record
that in case there are adverse effects such as fetal deformities, the
officials were aware of the dangers and must be held responsible

Dr. Warren Porter, Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Chair of the
Department of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin says that fetuses are
particularly vulnerable to toxic chemicals because the hormones needed for
sexual and neurological development may be disrupted. Nutrition and disease
state can exacerbate toxic effects.   Dr. Andrew Nicholson, MD, Director of
Preventive Medicine for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine told
the Coalition in a similar action last summer: "To address the issue of
feeding the geese to the poor or homeless, it is absolutely imperative that
this action be stopped at all costs."

Last year, the Coalition for the Homeless in New York issued a statement
objecting both to the slaughter and the feeding of the geese to the poor.
Mary Brosnahan, referring to the situation at Clarkstown, NY, said "Our
paramount fear, as the proposed slaughter date approaches, is that innocent,
wild animals will be needlessly killed and that poor New Yorkers will be
injured in the aftermath."

Complete list of recipients:

William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States
Al Gore, Vice President of United States
Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior
Paul Schmidt, Chief, Office of Migratory Bird Management (USFWS)
Steve Wilds, Chief, Division of Migratory Birds (USFWS)
John Engler, Governor of the State of Michigan
Frank Kelly, Attorney General of the State of Michigan
K.L. Cool, Director, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
George Burgoyne, Division of Wildlife, Michigan Department of Natural
Resources
Pete Squibb, Division of Wildlife, Michigan Department of Natural 
Resources
Jim Truchan, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Steve Schmitt, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Russell J. Harding, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Jim Grant, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
John Hesse, Michigan Department of Community Health
Jerry Wojtala, Michigan Department of Agriculture
William Kerr, Director, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
Gene Gonya, Director, Gleaners' Community Food Bank
Neil Easterbrook, Sportsmen Against Hunger
Forgotten Harvest
Katherine Innes, Waterford Township 
Betty Fortino, Waterford Township
Todd Birkle, Waterford Township
Paul Deni, Waterford Township

See Gideon web pages for more information.




 
Ann S. Frisch
http://www.netexpress.net/~gideon/geese/national.html
Coalition to Protect Canada Geese
PO Box 8254
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54903
http://www.icu.com/geese/coalition.html
http://www.netexpress.net/~gideon/geese/flyaway.html
(414) 235 2185 TEL
(414) 235 2285 FAX
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