In response to the ongoing killing of geese at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and other parks in the name of aviation safety, animal rights activists are holding a protest today, June 26, in Manhattan.
Led by Friends of Animals, a group whose campaigns director, Edita Birnkrant, lives in Fresh Meadows, the rally will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. outside Port Authority headquarters, located at 225 Park Ave. South.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been killing the geese while they’re molting, and therefore unable to fly, in order to avoid bird-plane collisions like the Miracle on the Hudson incident in January 2009. The animal activists say that is unnecessary and a waste of taxpayer money.
“It’s now obvious that the USDA intends to kill every last Canada goose they can at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, a supposed safe haven for these creatures,” said David Karopkin, founder of the GooseWatch NYC organization. “There is no need to kill these birds. It’s obscene and tragic, and the public has a right to know what our government is doing.”