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Group to hold memorial service for killed city parks geese

Group to hold memorial service for killed city parks geese

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The squawking about the killing of city parks geese will not stop.

Concerned citizens plan to hold a memorial service for the fallen fowl on Wednesday, protesting the demise of geese deemed "persona non grata" at the parks and beaches, mainly because of their messy habits.

According to an email from the Alliance for Animals, a Madison non-profit, the memorial will start at 11:30 a.m. in front of the State Capitol at the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard side, with participants then heading down to the City-County Building, where Mayor Paul Soglin's office is.

Soglin, the group says, did nothing to stop the slaughter, even though he received postcards, phone calls and emails urging him to call off the bird bloodbath.

Actually, there was no bloodletting in the parks.

About 200 geese were herded into crates and removed from Brittingham, Goodman, Vilas and Olin-Turville Parks the last few days of June, taken to a meat processor and turned into gooseburgers for area food pantries.

The email also noted that protesters will be making signs at the Lakeview library Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

"We will stand together as a tribute to the wild Canada geese and goslings that were rounded up and slaughtered," the email said.


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