Columbia, SC SLED officials recently had a family of geese and their nest of eggs destroyed outside their building on Broad River Road.
This is especially heinous, as the law enforcement organization promoted their relationship with the protected geese only a couple of weeks before in a WLTX story and video, "SLED's Newest "Family" Members".
The story was even covered by USA Today:
Soon after benefiting from the warm and fuzzy publicity generated by the story, LED appealed to the SC DNR to secure a permit that would sanction the killing of the birds and their babies. DNR told us eliminating the geese was necessary in order to "protect humans".
But the permit application SLED filled out only said the geese were a "nuisance". It said they had not tried any other methods to alleviate the problem. The family would have left on their own if SLED could have waited about 3 weeks for the eggs to hatch.
Please join compassionate friends in a peaceful observation to honor the geese, and bring community attention to the blatant hypocrisy of this taxpayer-supported agency and their utter disregard for our protected wildlife.
We will gather at 4:15 pm on Sunday, May 5, in front of the SLED building on Broad River Road. The building is located between Piney Grove and St. Andrews Road.
Wear black and bring flowers or another type of eco-friendly remembrance if you wish. We may have a few candles and a few signs in keeping with the feel of the event, and will do some readings. Bring an umbrella as there is a chance of rain.
Keep watching this event page for additional information and updates, and please share with Midlands-area friends who care about our co-existence with wildlife.
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