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Gassing of geese begins under heavy security

Thursday 07 June 2012

Pest control officials have begun gassing up to 18,000 geese close to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport in an effort to increase air safety.

The killing of 500 geese a day is taking place behind black security walls under the supervision of government protection officials following threats from animal rights activists.

The government has allowed the mass killing because of the risk of collisions between aircraft and flocks of geese. In 2010, a Maroc Air plane was forced to make an emergency landing after geese hit the motor.

Bird protection groups say it would be more humane to grow different crops around the airport to discourage the birds from feeding there.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

this is sickening and disgusting. basically our pleassure and business air travels are more important than the beautiful living beings that these geese are. so we gas them to death, 500 of these fantastic beautiful creatures every day.
as long as we have the notion that our pleasure and other activities are more important than nature and other animals, we are doomed as a species. human beings are simply one animal species that have been on earth for only around 200,000 years.

By Bill | 7 June 2012 10:27 AM

I'm no 'animal rights' activist, but I fully agree.... grow different crops! If a land owner was doing some operation that affected the traffic on a highway, making it unsafe, surely we'd have the ability to control it. Likewise, if a crop was causing flocks of any birds to congregate, something should be done (short of killing the animals). Won't more geese just come along anyway? This is shortsighted. The more time I spend in NL, the more I find that the 'image' of the NL is quite different than the reality.

Again, I'm not an animal rights person. If God didn't want people to eat animals, why'd he make them out of meat? ;)

By DH | 7 June 2012 11:35 AM

Gassing? (This reminds me that many local authorities in the U.S. euthanize "excess" pet animals in gas chambers.) This is why I take the train, even if it is "less convenient".

By Todd Edelman | 7 June 2012 1:28 PM

I believe these are the geese that are going to be donated to food baskets for the poor. I would rather feed the poor and help a life than take the risk of a passenger jet having to plough into a farmer's field with loss of life. If the farmers wish to grow crops that make the geese fat and healthy, so be it. Millions of chickens are raised indoors then slaughtered for our table, these geese are lucky that they at least were not raised in a factory.

By jaycee | 7 June 2012 4:33 PM

"In 2010, a Maroc Air plane was forced to make an emergency landing after geese hit the motor."

There are thousands of bird strikes every year...they are common..This is not an excuse to kill birds. this is anti nature and anti god. The aviation industry obviously thinks they rule the world now....they are in for a surprise because THEY DON'T.

By marion | 7 June 2012 5:52 PM

First off, this is extremelly stupid and doesn't solve the problem (more geese wilp take their place or they need to exterminate the population of the whole country), there should be better ways of doing this! Even accepting that this is the answer (it's not), why gas them and throuw them away, just offer them for consumption. Wild goose meat is a million times tastier and healthier than the crappy badly treaten chicken meat you find in the supermarket. I would buy 20!

By idioteque | 7 June 2012 5:52 PM

Your post is so well said, DH. I feel exactly the same way as you do. It took me a few years to realize it, but you're so incredibly right. And Bill: you're right too, but I'm afraid we are already doomed. What a horrible, sad story.

By Stupid | 7 June 2012 6:08 PM

Airports and the aviation industry obviously think they rule the world. They are going to find people everywhere rising up against them. Birds fly and did for hundreds of years before man made his flimsy planes.

By marion | 7 June 2012 6:33 PM

An absolute idiocy and disgrace. Completely unneccessary with landscape modification and dogs. Less than 1% of airline strikes are from birds, least of all from geese, whereas 45% of air line incidentws, including crashes and loss of life arepilot error and mechanical failure. And making food out of something that shouldn't be killed in the first place to try to justify the slaughter is obscene.

By ASteinberg | 7 June 2012 7:53 PM

Jaycee ''I believe these are the geese that are going to be donated to food baskets for the poor''
Really? after poisoning the Geese they are gonna feed the poor? I realy hope i don't get one.Maybe they are trying to kill the poor off as well?I doubt it will be fit for human consumption.

By jason buttle | 7 June 2012 8:46 PM

@marion: More like millions of years :P But you're right. Hubris at its best.

By Stupid | 7 June 2012 11:34 PM

If they are not satisfied by God's nature as the geese, then God will soon take what is more desirable away from them. It is not up to us to choose who or what should live or die. They will find another reason for another thing to kill

By Diane Herbert | 9 June 2012 1:21 AM

I have an honest hard time getting why the average comment is this site is always bitter and angry.

Modern life is complex and there isn't always a "black and white", "wrong or right" scenario to deal with.

Schiphol is a major European hub and much needed for the economy of Netherlands. Air travel is essential to get people moving. Don't even bother with "take the train", you don't take a train more than couple hundred kms even if high-speed.

The land around Schiphol is also very productive and fertile. Can't just discard farming in a 10km radius from the airport.

So I think an array of measures, that might include gassing birds, is needed.

By Andre L. | 9 June 2012 1:02 PM

We should consider gassing the people who do not care for our planet and cut down on unneccessary breeding. Animals in their correct undisturbed environment are not a problem...people distrurbing the natural environment ARE!!!
We are supposed to be so ahead in technology..yet so far behind in co existance with life.

By Mrs Granger | 11 June 2012 10:11 AM

@ Andre. Well said

By jaycee | 11 June 2012 6:44 PM

Well said Mrs Granger.

The ignorant and unfeeling humans with no respect for life will destroy this planet for most species.

By samuel goldstein | 25 January 2013 5:32 PM

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