This is somewhat disturbing.
1,676 geese were
murdered removed in 2010 from the New York City area by the United States Department of Agriculture in an effort to improve air safety.
Despite criticism from animal lovers and protection groups, the "removal" was authorized after the January 2009 ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, after geese flew into its engines and disabled them.
A report on the goose removal read:
“The Federal Aviation Administration and United States Air Force have established a zero-tolerance policy for Canada geese on and near airports.”
However, animal advocates point out that the lake in Prospect Park, an area in which 368 geese were removed, is more than nine miles from Kennedy International and La Guardia Airports.
The report concluded:
“Improving safety to the aviation industry and its customers is paramount, but the added value of reducing damage to New York City’s public properties and increasing environmental health should be acknowledged.”
We're not quite sure how we feel about this mass culling, but we definitely do not want anymore planes to go down because of a flock of geese.
We just hope that our government doesn't make this "removal" an annual event.
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