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Schiphol's geese escape gassing as bureaucracy bites

Wednesday 30 May 2012

Red tape and slow legal processes are threatening plans to gas thousands of geese which live close to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday.

The paper quotes hunters as saying the geese will have flown before action can be taken because officials are trying to make the legislation water-tight.

Arie den Hertog of pest control company Duke Faunabeheer tells the paper he is ready to gas 500 graylag geese a day, but Noord-Holland province is still working out the legal details.


The province’s legal experts want to ensure there are no loopholes to allow animal rights protestors to challenge the killings in court, the paper says. ‘Do civil servants realise that geese won’t wait? Soon the moulting season will be over,’ Den Hertog is quoted as saying.

The province has agreed to allow geese found within 10 km of Schiphol to be killed in order to improve airline safety. Brussels has also given the green light, the paper says.

Graylag geese are a protected species.

Two years ago, an Air Maroc plane managed to avoid disaster after flying into a group of geese shortly after take-off, prompting the safety research council to recommend action be taken.

Animal rights activists argue that gassing the geese will not help the problem because mass killings encourage the birds to breed more intensively. New geese also arrive every year. In addition, planting different crops would also discourage the birds, they say.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

As a Canadian reading this pathetic piece my first thought was maybe Canada should have left Holland to Hitler. Obviously having been saved from gassing yourselves you lack the character to show intelligence and compassion to innocent birds. Killing birds will not make flying safer and everyone knows that - because birds are not the cause of fatal plane crashes...YOU ARE MAKING INNOCENT BIRDS SCAPEGOATS. SHAME ON HOLLAND!!! Almost 300 people have already died in plane crashes this year...not one related to a bird. This is the biggest hoax and atrocity ever committed against nature to make birds the scapegoats for an industry that doesn't want to take responsibility for its own poor record.

By Marion Ambler | 30 May 2012 4:33 PM

I'd go ahead and put off eliminating the geese at least until they bring down a plane full of people.

By Donna Sanders | 30 May 2012 7:32 PM

@Marion, Until the moment that a plane does crash.
Maybe you should worry more about 250.000 baby seals that are clubbed to death this year in Canada.

By tim | 31 May 2012 1:28 PM

The birds come for a reason; food. Killing them will result in other birds taking their place - no change. Change the crops being planted in the area so that it wont be a goose-magnet.

Gassing? Does this gas only kill geese, or will it eliminate every living creature? Looks like a very lucrative deal for this pest control company; they can hardly wait!

By AC | 31 May 2012 1:35 PM

In New York, we use a combination of trained herding dogs and falcons to chase the Canada geese away. The results have been very positive, and no birds are killed in the process. Just saying.....

By Lisette | 31 May 2012 7:16 PM

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