Environmentalists to Blame for US Airways 1549 Crash into Hudson River?
Photo courtesy Akuppa.
In January 2004, US Senator Charles Schumer announced a $200,000 earmark to the US Fish and Wildlife Service to implement non-lethal methods of removing Canadian geese from New York. Schumer said, â€œCanada geese are overrunning our parks and open spaces and their droppings are polluting our water and our land.â€ The issue came up in 2004 because of a geese problem on Rikerâ€™s Island, in the flight path of Laguardia. Instead of killing the geese outright, Schumerâ€™s â€œGeesepeaceâ€ program proposed to save the geese by simply removing them from the island. Geesepeace lost the battle, and 495 Canadian geese were slaughtered. If peaceful methods were indeed implemented after the 2004 slaughter and this interfered with passenger safety, shouldnâ€™t this be investigated?
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