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Memorial service for the family of geese killed by SLED

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: videos/news/2013/04/03/[masked]/

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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  • Rosemary

    Please wear black or dark clothing.

    Feel free to bring something you'd like to say or read, and flowers, seeds to scatter or some other earth-friendly remembrance. There is a large mound of dirt surrounded by bricks in the area where the geese lived perfect for leaving growing things.

    Bring your companion animal if you like.

    You can also bring a sign if you'd like, keeping with the peaceful feeling of the event. There is a huge parking lot right next to the building. The entire area is public property, so we have the right to be there.

    The press may cover this.

    It should not take longer than a half hour, so please attend if you can.

    May 4, 2013

  • Rosemary

    I've sent the media a news advisory about this event. Feel free to contact our local TV stations- through social media is great- and other outlets asking them to cover the service. The public needs to know what happened.

    May 1, 2013

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