Posts Tagged ‘goose’

Abandoned Bay Area: Can You Guess the Function of This Forlorn Site? – It’s the Land of Wind and Ghosts and Geese

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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That’s right, it’s a go-kart track. Or rather, it was a go-kart track.

Happy Feet: Tiny Canada Goose Gosling Finds Its Heartsong in Golden Gate Park

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Every goose needs to find his or her own heartsong:

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A Foie Gras Protest Coming to Napa Valley – Thomas Keller’s French Laundry Targeted

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

You know what Napa needs? A nice foie gras protest at The French Laundry, the finest restaurant in the West.

“The Animal Protection & Rescue League and several animal protection groups will be protesting outside Thomas Keller restaurants in three cities across the country on Saturday due to the company’s sale of “foie gras” – liver from cruelly force fed ducks. The groups will be displaying graphic banners showing scenes from inside Thomas Keller’s supplier, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, and other producers of this barbaric product. The coalition of groups, which includes the Animal Protection & Rescue League, Orange County People for Animals, In Defense of Animals, and Compassion Over Killing, have launched a campaign website at www.foie-gras-industry.com.”

So keep that in mind if you have reservations for May 8th  at any of Thomas Keller’s joints nationwide.

Ah yes. Peppery melba toast, fruits, sea salt, and le hockey puck du plaisir in the middle – that’s how Tom Keller rolls in suburban Napa:

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Thomas Keller Targeted for Animal Cruelty. Protests in NYC, Beverly Hills and Napa

NEW YORK, May 6 — The Animal Protection & Rescue League and several animal protection groups will be protesting outside Thomas Keller restaurants in three cities across the country on Saturday due to the company’s sale of “foie gras” – liver from cruelly force fed ducks.

The groups will be displaying graphic banners showing scenes from inside Thomas Keller’s supplier, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, and other producers of this barbaric product. The coalition of groups, which includes the Animal Protection & Rescue League, Orange County People for Animals, In Defense of Animals, and Compassion Over Killing, have launched a campaign website at www.foie-gras-industry.com.

 Protest locations and times on Saturday May 8:

 Per Se, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 – Time: noon
 Bouchon, 235 N. Canon Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210 – Time: 7:30pm
 French Laundry, 6640 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599 – Time 7pm

 “As a veterinarian, I find foie gras to be a disease rather than a delicacy,” states Elliot Katz, DVM, President of IDA. “The liver’s function is to process toxins, and a liver in this grossly enlarged state from force feeding cannot function properly.”

To make the livers fat enough for foie gras, workers restrain the ducks, force long metal pipes down their throats, and pump up to two pounds of food into them per day.  After three weeks, their livers swell up to 12 times their normal size.

“The conditions I have witnessed in Hudson Valley Foie Gras are appalling,” states Bryan Pease, Esq., Board Chair of APRL.  “In visiting there and other farms to document conditions, I saw ducks panting incessantly and showing great difficulty walking and breathing in the later stages of force feeding, and I saw trash barrels full of dead ducks killed by the process.”

Animal cruelty investigations by APRL and a lawsuit filed by APRL and IDA led to enactment of Cal. Health & Safety Code section 25980, banning the sale or production of foie gras in California effective 2012. The cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, West Hollywood, Solana Beach and San Diego have recently passed resolutions in support of the ban.

Early last year, the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau found that D’Artagnan, a major U.S. foie gras distributor, was engaging in false advertising by claiming the livers are not diseased and implying the animals are treated humanely.

More information is available at www.foie-gras-industry.com.

Feeding the Ducks at Golden Gate Park – Is That a Bad Thing or Not?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

I always thought that it might be against the rules to feed animals in Golden Gate Park, but I never really knew for sure. These days, there’s a movement afoot to amend the San Francisco Park Code to prohibit feeding animals “wild by nature and not customarily domesticated.”

Here’s the rule as it stands now:

SEC. 5.07. FEEDING ANIMALS PROHIBITED It shall be unlawful for any person to feed or offer to any animal in any park any substance which would be likely to be harmful to it. (Added by 603-81, App. 12/18/81)”

Does it hurt a duck to feed it bread? No se. Is it against the rules to feed a duck in Golden Gate Park under the existing rules? Even our Lawgivers seem to be uncertain as to how this would all work.

The operator of the Stow Lake Boat House has this sign up at the snack bar, not that the birders would approve.

Here’s a sign at San Francisco Botanical Garden (nee Strybing) inside of GGP. The people at Strybing, they say stuff like “we don’t feed the animals” but I don’t think they have any special rules just for them because their signs only cite existing section 5.07:

Irregardless, lots of people think its their right to feed San Francisco’s ducks, so I’m not sure that Park Rangers would relish handing out enough citations to get people to change their behavior.

It’s probably not a good thing for you to feed the ducks but I don’t think anybody will try to stop you if you put your mind to it. (Although if you’re around state or federal authorities, they might have a whole set of different rules for you to obey.) 

Of course Park employees used to carry around cans of cat food to feed the red foxes of Strybing, but they’re no longer around.

 

And coyotes, some guy started bringing raw meet into GGP to feed coyotes a while back, but that caused issues so the state of California sent in a man to execute all the coyotes he could find, including this one.

Oh well.

Our supes will hash this issue out and let us know I’m sure.

The Red-Faced Wild Muscovy Ducks of Golden Gate Park

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

It’s not a chicken/duck hybrid – it’s a Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata), all the way from Latin America.

Some Musky fans want us all to “stop the lies and the killings” so there must be some problems with these birds. Muskies don’t like to swim all that much, but they seem to manage O.K. in Golden Gate Park. Do some people come to San Francisco to dump off their unwanted pets? Apparently.

Check out those talons – unusual for a duck:

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Speaking of which, also note the red-eared slider turtle, which also is an exotic species.

The Celebrated Pooping Geese of San Francisco County

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Is this the cover of Field & Stream magazine or a shot from the San Francisco Botanical Gardens (aka Strybing Arboretum)? These Canada Geese have finally taken over parts of Golden Gate Park.

Now some of these critters are probably on their way on up to Canada or Alaska, but we’re getting more and more full-year residents. Just ask Oakland how it feels about these birds and the tons of poo produced every day.

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But in San Francisco, we celebrate these geese.

For now, anyway.

Introducing the Tom Bates Regional Sports Complex in Berkeley

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Now, your first reaction might be: “When did Tom Bates die?” But no, he’s alive and well. Apparently, it’s kosher to name an RSC after a living person even though America is not a totalitarian country. Who knew?  

Over in the West Bay, the Mayor of Berkeley is perhaps best known for an “irrational act of election fatigue.” In other words, “stealing” free newspapers (at UC Berkeley!) and then lying about it for a month or so back in 2002:  

“The Daily Cal, which called for Bates to resign, criticized him not only for taking the paper from kiosks on Sproul Plaza, home of the Free Speech Movement, but also for lying to a Daily Cal reporter by saying he didn’t do it.”   

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How wude! Anywho, let’s let bygones be bygones.

When you pass by the TBRSC, the first thing you’ll notice are all the shiny, silvery things fluttering in the wind. They keep the geese away, or at least that’s the idea. These days of course, even the New York Times knows about the East Bay’s huge goose problem.  

But some are calling this place a Goose Haven, as Canada Geese don’t seem to mind the silvery all that much. Maybe the streamers attract the geese?

They’re ranting and raving about this over in the East Bay. Oh well.

Just What San Francisco Needs – More Canada Geese!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Actually, Golden Gate Park probably now has as many Canada Geese as it can handle. These birds have already created problems for the Oakland Raiders and now they’re coming after us in the West Bay.

If you let 30 adults stay on a grassy area for one day, you’ll have 30 pounds of bird poo to deal with the next day. Something to think about…

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Tiny Canada Goose Gosling Finds Its Heartsong in Golden Gate Park

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Every goose needs to find his or her own heartsong.

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