Animal Profile: Give Geese a Chance


December 18, 2012

Photo care of Bonnie Shulman.
Even though they bear our country’s name, it has often
been suggested in Toronto that Canada
Geese be shot and used as food for the poor.
I would like to counter suggest that we learn
to appreciate our namesake geese and learn
to live with them, as they have learned to live
with us!

Care of Bonnie Shulman

You don’t get no respect, being a goose! If you’re not getting pooped on in the press for pooping a lot (well, what’s a goose to do?), you’re getting blamed for causing a plane to go down. As if geese flew into jet engines on purpose!

Geese belong to the order Anseriformes, which includes all sorts of waterfowl. Even though they are waterfowl, geese spend most of their time on land. Their life expectancy is about 25 years.

Geese are tremendously affectionate. If a goose gets sick or is wounded, a couple of other geese may drop out of their flight formation to help and protect them. They will try to stay with the disabled goose until they die or are able to fly again. Then they will either fly together or join another formation to catch up with their group.

Geese will choose a mate when they are about three years old and will stay monogamous for life, raising new families together each year. If one mate dies, the other mate will sometimes wait several years before choosing a new partner or might even stay single.

Humans can learn a lot from the loving natures of geese, and from their strong family bonds, but instead, we confine these beautiful creatures to filthy cages and shove food down their throats to make foie gras. I boycott any restaurant that serves foie gras and I urge you to do the same. Give geese a chance.

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