Belfast Student Receives PETA Award For Saving Geese On Carriageway

For Immediate Release:
17 May 2011

Sandra Smiley 0207 357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Belfast – For leaving the safety of her vehicle and saving the lives of a family of geese trying to cross the carriageway, local teaching student Rebekah Hall has received PETA’s Hero to Animals Award.

According to news reports, in late April, Hall and her boyfriend were driving to Queen’s University when a family of Toulouse geese wandered onto the Sydenham Bypass, possibly in search of water in nearby Victoria Park. Hall stopped and placed several calls for help, but with time running out for the family of geese, she decided to take immediate action. Hall enlisted the help of other motorists to stop traffic in both directions, allowing the mother goose to cross the busy A road. She then carried all the goslings across the road and reunited them with their mother. Finally, Hall walked the geese safely to the gates of Victoria Park.

“Thanks to the heroic efforts of Rebekah Hall and the others who stopped to help, what could have ended in tragedy for this mother goose and her babies had a happy ending”, says PETA Manager Mimi Bekhechi. “We hope her compassionate action will serve as inspiration to others always to stop and help animals in need.”

Hall has been sent a framed certificate and a letter of appreciation from PETA.