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Geese Euthanized in Brooklyn

Geese Euthanized in Brooklyn

CNN reports this week that officials in New York have been euthanizing geese near airports because the birds present an “aviation risk”. The state has been killing geese in an attempt to reduce their numbers near NYC airports after geese forced US Airways flight 1549 to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River in January of last year.

It is typical of humanity’s dealings with animals that whenever an animal presents an inconvenience to our way of life, our first reaction is to have them killed. We regard animal life as so expendable, so void of moral concern, that we don’t even wait until an animal presents a real threat to the necessities of our existence before we start killing them en masse. Nor do we even consider other alternatives to killing them. In fact we don’t even consider whether mass killings will even solve the problem. Humans treat killing animals as the first option on the table for solving whatever the problem is. We start killing animals, and then only if that doesn’t work, do we start to consider other solutions.

The most recent geese killed were residing in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, which just barely falls within the expanded radius from the airports in which geese are to be killed. The geese were molting and unable to fly, which made it fairly easy to round them up in cages and kill them with carbon dioxide. They were then bagged and thrown into a landfill, according to CNN.

Bagged and thrown into a landfill.

There are lots of problems with this proposed “solution” to the goose problem. The first and most obvious one is a common sense issue: the goose population is skyrocketing at such a rate that these tactics aren’t going to be effective. Any geese they kill in Prospect Park will be replaced by other geese who move in to fill the empty territory and make use of the resources there.

The second problem with this tactic is that hundreds of living, sentient beings are being murdered so they don’t potentially interfere with tourism and air travel.

The issue has never been, and never will be, trading the lives of geese for the lives of people. Killing the geese doesn’t save lives, and leaving the geese where they are doesn’t kill people. The issue is whether people care enough about the lives of innocent animals to try out non-lethal solutions. Or are we just going to continue slaughtering animals by the hundreds because we’re too lazy to find a solution that works and doesn’t involve killing?

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3:59AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

I CANNOT UNDERSTAND some human's mentality, why should we snuff out another fellow creatures life!!!
What the hell is the matter with peoples MINDS?
its a disgrace, and i'm sickened by it!

3:31PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Stop this massacre, life si sacred.

3:29PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Stop this massacre, life si sacred.

9:03AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

STOP KILLING THE GEESE, MURDERERS!!

5:55PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

WHY? WHY? THIS IS UNREAL AND SO IS THE REASON BEHIND IT. THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS CRUEL WORLD WHO HAVE NO REGARD FOR LIVING BREATHINGS BEINGS OF ANY SPECIES.

5:55PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

WHY? WHY? THIS IS UNREAL AND SO IS THE REASON BEHIND IT. THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS CRUEL WORLD WHO HAVE NO REGARD FOR LIVING BREATHINGS BEINGS OF ANY SPECIES.

10:15AM PDT on Aug 25, 2010

such an infurating situation

10:33AM PDT on Aug 16, 2010

Why doesn't someone euthanize those officials as intelligence risks?

11:50AM PDT on Aug 10, 2010

The poor beautiful creatures and there is not enough birds as it is. They need them to eat all the bugs etc. Oh blimey they are cruel and sick to do this. How evil.

8:03PM PDT on Aug 7, 2010

What a damn lazy solution! I guess we wont be flying into that airport ever again!

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