From Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW)

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Don't scapegoat geese

Letter as published on NY Daily News
July 18, 2014

Tuckahoe, N.Y.: Voicer Paul Falabella asks what Capt. Chesley Sullenberger would say about the geese. In fact, he’s answered this and been critical of the slaughter methods now used. “What happened to us,” Sullenberger told National Geographic, “could happen again tomorrow. The risk of airplanes striking birds is as great today as it was that cold January day in 2009. There is one thing we do know for sure.

The most effective thing to prevent these collisions is not to allow anything anywhere near an airport that’s likely to be a bird attractant,” referring to the absurd decision by NYC to build a waste transfer station close to LaGuardia — the origin of his ill-fated flight. He also praises Israel’s highly effective program of avian radar, motorized gliders and drones to avoid bird strikes. And to Voicer Paul Dellacona, who talks about filth: The soda cans, styrofoam containers and cigarette butts that litter every street and park were not placed there by geese.

Kiley Blackman

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