Friday, October 25th, 2013. New York City – In August of this year approximately 90 turkeys in Staten Island were killed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Apparently, more turkeys will be killed this weekend.
According to Turkey Watch: SAVE the Staten Island Turkeys, “The USDA did not come to South Beach Psychiatric Center this morning (10/25/2013) to round up the turkeys, we were told it would be tomorrow (Saturday, October 26th). Please come to the hospital tomorrow morning if you can so we can try to protest and document or stop the round up.”
Yesterday, GooseWatch NYC said, “the USDA will be returning to South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island sometime this weekend.”
“Please call and then email South Beach Psychiatric Center and local elected officials listed below. We are asking the hospital to instruct USDA to postpone any planned turkey killing, implement a no feeding policy, allow more time for methods to curb the growth of the turkey population, and other alternatives. The turkeys have been on Staten Island for over 10 years, and it can’t be expected that the coexistence issues can be solved in 10 minutes,” says GooseWatch NYC.
Rosanne Gaylor, Executive Director
South Beach Psychiatric Center
Phone: (718) 667-2709
Fax: (718) 667-2344
Alfredo Granados, Deputy Dir. Operations
Titus Mathews, Deputy Director, Administration
Karin A. Wagner, Ph.D. Deputy Director, Community Services
Phone: (718) 667-2742
NYS Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis
Phone: (718) 987-0197
NYS Senator Andrew J. Lanza
Phone: (718) 984-4073
Council Member James Oddo
Phone is (718) 980-1017
Animal right advocates also say “The turkeys are not posing any imminent threat whatsoever. The community was outraged when approximately 90 turkeys were killed in August, and since that time 28 of the turkeys were relocated to Catskill Animal Sanctuary. The killing of these turkeys is wrong, and a solution can be found.”
The South Beach Psychiatric Center is located at 777 Seaview Ave, Staten Island, NY.