The news that a coastal golf club in Leasowe, UK has ordered the culling of Canada Geese has caused outrage amongst locals.
The Geese, which are frequent visitors to the area, are much loved by many people who are furious that the birds are being killed merely because of their presence on the course.
A petition started by Leanne Hughes is gathering pace as stunned bird lovers rally to save the majestic geese from the guns of those employed to murder them.
As Leanne says "The people of Wirral value highly the beauty and nature of the area, and are disheartened to learn about the killing of these innocent creatures as they are about to migrate for the winter.....our children should also not have to witness this, they should be brought up with compassion for all living beings and not made to believe it is ok to take an innocent animals life for fun or sport."
Leasowe Golf Club is not alone in its callous attitude towards wildlife. Many other golf courses have resorted to massacring birds and other animals that happen to share their land, even when the wildlife existed on the site before the clubs themselves. Earlier this year another English club in Chingford, Essex admitted to shooting Geese, adding that their presence was ‘horrendous’ and claiming that many members were tired of "fouled fairways and geese blocking shots."
The Government allows the killing of certain species, including Canada Geese, without having to apply for a licence - but only in order to preserve public health or public safety.
In my opinion the presence of Canada Geese on the manicured greens of a golf course does not pose a threat to public health and safety.
It is yet another sign of human intolerance towards wildlife and must be challenged.
You can sign the petition to stop Leasowe Golf Club culling geese HERE.
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