WaPo: Boys Continue Stoning Geese to Death; Ask Police to Investigate

April 3rd, 2009 10:50 am by Kelly Garbato

Via Animal Advocacy:

Boys Continue Stoning Geese to Death; Ask Police to Investigate

The Washington Post reported that boys are stoning nesting geese to death in a park in Springfield, Virginia (Fairfax County). (source)

Please contact the Fairfax County Police and ask them to assign a detective to this case. Mention that these animal abusers are exhibiting severe psychiatric disorders and the FBI has found they often progress to crimes against humans. Make your request online here.

For ideas to include in your request, you may want to reference information found here.*

The letter is short, but heartbreaking:

Senseless Violence in Springfield


A Canada goose guards his mate’s body at a pond in Springfield.
(Courtesy Of Tom Norato; photo via The Washington Post)

There is a pond near a bike path between the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station and the Greenwood Community in Springfield. Each year, Canada geese arrive at the pond in the fall to nest and raise their families.

Recently, some young neighborhood boys have found a new hobby: They have been stoning the geese to death. Above is a photo of their latest prize and his mate, standing over the body. The goose has been standing vigil for many days now, waiting for her to join him. They mate for life, you know.

He wards off all other geese that come near, as if he were protecting her in a nest. Her final repose does give that illusion. I am beginning to worry that he may himself expire for lack of nourishment, and I had thought of removing the body in the hopes that he might move on. But then I thought I’d just be making things worse. I have a tendency to think that his reactions are instinct and just nature’s way.

But nature didn’t cause this.

Perhaps the boys who did this will see this picture and reflect on what they have done. Perhaps not.

— Tom Norato, Springfield

While this instance of animal abuse is characterized as “senseless violence,” it’s no more (less?) senseless than slaughtering billions of animals for food annually, when a pant-based diet will do. Nor are geese the only non-human animals who feel grief and sorrow, or form deep family and social ties.

Just…remember that, before you start decrying the sociopathy of today’s youths. They’ve got to learn it somewhere, right?

* Don’t forget, I’ve also got a list of additional resources that you can append to your letter.



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One Response to “WaPo: Boys Continue Stoning Geese to Death; Ask Police to Investigate”

  1. Natalie Forowa Says:

    Dear Tom,

    I felt personally wounded when I read your note in the Post. I immediately checked in the VA. cruelty statutes under “cruelty to animals”: Under Va. code AQnn. &3.2-6570, among other felonies , it states that “Animal cruelty occurs when a personm …tortures, ill-treats…willfully inflicts inhumane injury or pain…or cruelly or unnecessarily beats, maims, mutilates, or kills any animal. ..These activities constitute a Class 6 felony if the current violation of this subsection resulted in the death of an animal. The section specifically states that the word “animal” shall be construed to include birds and fowl. Unnecessary cruelty constitutes a class 6 Felony.
    I am still searching for the relevant fines /punishment that should accompany this.

    I shall try to involve as many people as I can to call the Springfield police and get them on the case. They should be good for something more than issuing traffic tickets.
    Tom, can you tell me at what time this crime takes place and whether you have witnessed any additional killings?

    I am working hard on a daily basis to inform and educate people re animal cruelty
    and will for the rest of my life.
    I appreciate you posting the action alerts.
    Lately I have been campaigning against the circus , and the killing of baby seals in Canada. It never ends.

    Natalie Forowa, Ph.D.
    Annandale, VA. 22003

    [Phone number of full address have been deleted – ed.]

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