I feel compelled to express my feelings of disappointment in the members of the Cedar Rapids City Council who recently voted for death sentences for the beautiful Canada geese residing in Cedar Rapids. Their crime? Eating food, that then passes through their digestive system and exits the other end. News flash, people: everybody poops!
Though many residents have offered solutions for the city’s goose problem — my favorite was to have residents doing community service scoop the poop — the council decided no ideas were better than to herd up the defecating fowls and slaughter them. And who helped with this dark deed? The Department of Natural Resources. The name of this government agency might lead you to believe their main duties are to protect and care for our natural resources, but you would be misled. Selling hunting licenses to kill birds and other animals for “sport” brings in a lot of money for DNR paychecks.
What are we teaching our children and young adults about the sanctity of all forms of life, when we choose to kill animals, rather than find non-lethal alternatives? One has only to watch the daily news to take note of our world’s ever-increasing use of lethal means to solve any and all problems.
Instead of following this worldwide trend toward violence and killing, it would be refreshing and inspiring to see our local leaders take the road less traveled, and do the right thing, rather than the easy thing.