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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:30 am

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.”

— Peter C. Mastrosimone

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1 comment:

  • killinggeesedoesnotprotectplanes posted at 12:47 pm on Fri, Jun 27, 2014.

    killinggeesedoesnotprotectplanes Posts: 16

    "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.

    1) Flight 1549 hit migrating geese from Labrador, Canada so they won't be preventing bird-plane collisions like that by killing flightless NYC geese.

    And I think when the USDA uses that example to justify their NYC killing they should be called on it...what do they do to protect planes from migrating birds.

    2) The engines of Flight 1549 did not meet the 2009 bird strike standards for an 8 lbs bird...they met old standards for a 4 lb bird. I think it's a fair argument to say if they had been twice as tough they would not have been that disabled. So outdated engines may have been a factor for that plane having to make such a quick landing in the Hudson.

    3) The goose strikes at JFK Airport have not declined since they began killing geese in 2009. In fact they had 3 goose strikes in 2013, which was the most they've had since 1995. They also had 0 strikes in years they weren't killing geese; in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2004 they had 0 goose strikes.

    There is simply no science or evidence to prove killing geese does anything but fill the USDA WSs pockets.