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N.Y. Airport Geese to be Killed & Cooked for Poor Pennsylvanians

Molting Canada geese that pose a threat to aviation around New York City airports will be rounded up, shipped to Pennsylvania, slaughtered and fed to the poor. According to the New York Times, this is a major improvement from last year, when hundreds of geese captured in Brookyln were gassed to death and dumped in a landfill, the meat going to waste.

Destined for dinner… (Photo: Danny Chapman)

Authorities said they had no choice being that there were no safety protocols in place dealing with the processing and consumption of wild goose meat.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has responded by brokering a deal with a Pennsylvania slaughterhouse under which the birds will be trucked to the Keystone State, slaughtered and distributed to food banks feeding the needy.

New York state has recently developed guidelines for the testing, processing and consumption of goose meat, but New York City had already come to an agreement with the slaughterhouse in Pennsylvania. The Times reports that beginning in 2012, local geese will probably be fed to hungry New Yorkers.

“While this is clearly a sensitive topic, we wanted to ensure that our efforts to enhance public safety will also help those in need,” Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Farrell Sklerov told the Times in an e-mail.

The city authorized the killing of the big birds, which can weigh up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg.), after geese got caught in the engines of US Airways Flight 1549, which was famously and safely crashed into the Hudson River by pilot Chesley Sullenberger.

According to the Times, the government killed 1,676 geese last year in New York City and parts of Nassau County, Long Island.

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  1. alexisJune 22, 2011 at 8:55 amReply

    Makes sense to me. They’ve become “pests” in many areas of the country when they decided not to migrate… I’ve often wondered why more people weren’t eating them… They’re lovely, but (unless you’re a vegetarian) that’s not enough…

    • Brett WilkinsJune 22, 2011 at 10:58 amReplyAuthor

      They are sentient, living beings. Why is it that instead of working with nature, man must always destroy it?

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