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Geese Rounded Up in Queens to Be Euthanized: Report

Decision made after concern over bird strikes at LGA, JFK.

Federal officials have rounded up as many as 700 geese from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge that will be euthanized as a means to prevent the birds from flying into passenger planes leaving Queens's two airports, CBS New York reports.

In April, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., proposed a bill that would allow authorities to remove Canada geese from the refuge in June and July when the birds cannot fly due to molting.

"We could not afford to sit back and wait for a catastrophe to occur before cutting through bureaucratic red tape between federal agencies,”  Gillibrand said. “We are finally taking action to help reduce bird strikes and save lives.” 

Now, federal officials have removed the birds from Jamaica Bay and plan to euthanize them in order to prevent airstrikes with planes leaving LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports, according to CBS.

Animal rights activists told CBS they believed that killing the geese was unnecessary and that the birds "are not posing any threat" to aircrafts leaving the borough.

Doris Cohen July 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Why must they've euthazied? Why not just relocate them? This is unnecessary cruelty against these beautiful birds who mean no harm. It's not right!!
J. May Miller July 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM
will they be brought to soup kitchens after like before? http://food-ethics.com/2011/06/24/canada-geese-for-nyc-homeless-yes/
James Griffin July 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM
In the past the euthanized geese were given as food for the homeless in Pennsylvania. Apparently New York State law would not allow them to be given away as food as they are wild birds.
Laurie July 11, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Sgameful- As with Horse Carriage Cruelty In central Park- NYC is Proven To be Heartless (and Blame Write To call KIRSTEN GILLEBRAND_ SENATOR- Never Vote For her again- HER DOING- Blood on Her Hands)And THe ANIMAL KILLING CAPITAL of USA- There Must Be ways Ive Seen shows On It To shoo The Geese Away- Or Use Birth Control- Then Commiting Mass Hitleresque Gassing MASS Murder- Of Amnimals Who r in THEIR REFUGE- Get it JAM WILDLIFE SANCTUARY- A Refuge From MANs Cruelty!! Shame On your GILLEBRAND-
carlosB July 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Typical Democrat politician hypocracy-and consistent with Democrat Party platform which is pro abortion pro death. Being pro death they have no concern with killing innocent life.
Michelle July 11, 2012 at 03:11 PM
If they aren't any threat to anyone why is the first set of action to kill innocent animals?!
Susan H. July 11, 2012 at 03:38 PM
That 751 geese were euthanized on the wildlife refuge is disturbing in and of itself. But it's especially disturbing in light of pending proposals to expand JFK into Jamaica Bay. It would be hard to stomach Gillibrand's diatribe on "catastrophic" "bird strikes" if our government supports airport expansion onto the refuge, which would seem to logically create even more conflicts between wildlife and the airport. The wildlife in the refuge is not a "striking" enemy; there has to be a smarter way to avoid wildlife/airport conflicts going forward.
Herb DeCordova July 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Have you ever flown on a plane filled with wild geese? It's worse than flying with Alec Baldwin. They don't stay in their seats and they crap al over the place. Do you have any idea how many chickens and turkeys get killed every minute of every day? And I've never heard of a chicken or a turkey causing a plane crash. Man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. SXorry birdies...but I vote for the safety of airline passengers. tweet tweet
Debra July 11, 2012 at 06:06 PM
what is wrong with the government??? Is killing the only thing they know and understand?? Killing in wars, killing animals of the earth. Humans take their land (like the Native Americans) and then kill them instead of relocating them. Why is "death" the only answer? They can be moved to Canada can't they. Their land is takend and they are in the way, so kill them!!! How many times are they responsible for plane strikes? Maybe airports should be relocated so it doesn't intrude with nature...What a shame. And then they want to "expand" the airport??? so that more wildlife will be killed? It just boggles the mind. Gillibrand is out!!!!
pcon July 11, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Have I ever flown on a plane filled with wild geese ? Sorry, Herb..... can't say that I have. I'm sure these bird's could be relocated but I guess that would take too much money and effort. I'll remember Gillibrand on election day. By the way, could she tell me the last time a "life" was lost at JFK due to a bird strike ?
Debra July 12, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Each of us needs to go directly to her website and tell her what we think about the horrendous act she orchestrated and pressed to happen. Killing the birds is not the answer, relocating is.....Will more geese be killed when they migrate again???? Definitely. Let her magistry know how you feel about what she has done to these beautiful creatures: www.gillibrand.senate.gov. It's probably too late for the ones living there now, but hopefully this will never happen again if enough of us protest these actions by her.
Debra July 12, 2012 at 08:30 PM
www.gillibrand.senate.gov...go to her website and let her know your thoughts. If enough of us do, maybe we can stop the killing. It is the geese' refuge after all. Where else can they be safe????
Debra July 12, 2012 at 08:33 PM
www.gillibrand.senate.gov. Let her know your thoughts. Maybe we as a group can stop her. It is pitiful that the only remedy is to kill them. Part of her name rhymes with KILLebrand.
Robin Amy B July 13, 2012 at 01:55 PM
very upsetting.....why kill the geese...why not change some of the flight patterns of the planes...what morons

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