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Some 500,000 geese need to be culled

Tuesday 15 January 2013

The Netherlands will have to slaughter over 500,000 geese over the next few years in an effort to get their numbers under control and stop damage to crops, Trouw reports on Tuesday.

Most of the geese will be gassed, as currently happens around Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Trouw says. The paper bases its claims on interim reports from provincial government bodies which signed up to an agreement on combating the geese nuisance two years ago.

Bird protection group Vogelbescherming, one of the signatories to the 2011 agreement, said then it expected 100,000 geese would need to be killed.

The plan now states that the total population of some 200,000 ordinary, Nile and Canada geese need to ‘be systematically removed’, Trouw states. In addition, 350,000 geese which used to migrate but now remain in the Netherlands will be killed, so that ‘just’ 150,000 are left.

According to Trouw, the nature organisations which signed up for the agreement have said they will not launch any protests, so that the mass cull can begin in 2014, once EU approval has been won for the mass gassing.

Earlier stories
Gassing of geese begins under heavy security
Supreme court blocks killing of protected geese
Nature, farming and hunting groups agree goose cull plan

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Yum yum: goose for dinner

By Paintmaker | 15 January 2013 9:15 AM

Don't gas them, MAKE FOIE GRAS!

By Marie | 15 January 2013 9:30 AM

mmmmm Goose kroket.....

By Homer S | 15 January 2013 9:47 AM

In order to make foie gras the goose needs to be fed a special diet which will cause a build of fat in the liver. That would be be an impractical step to take before culling.

By Pedantic | 15 January 2013 10:03 AM

I agree that eating them rather than gassing them might be a wise idea. For once, I'm thinking hunting season might be a good idea.

By Lisa | 15 January 2013 10:09 AM

Send one down to me.

By @CluthaDubh | 15 January 2013 11:48 AM

@Marie - Totally agree.

What a waste gassing them.
Roasted goose is also tasty.

In times of hardship, the govt throws more money down the drain. Crazy.

By Expatio | 15 January 2013 12:16 PM

Sick how some people can only think of eating animals. Especially foie gras, which is one of the cruelest products available.

By pepe | 15 January 2013 12:28 PM

Some 500,000 geese need to be culled. This seems an extreme measure and off concern as to how this high number is established
Goosey goosey gander,
Whither shall I wander?
Upstairs and downstairs
And in the Allegiance provinces chamber
The guns went crack,
Allegiance provinces nearly broke their back.
And all the little ducks went,
'Quack, quack, quack

By Terence Hale | 15 January 2013 12:32 PM

BBQ them. The wild ones are very tasty.

By ufo | 15 January 2013 2:18 PM

@pepe - surely gassing them is even worse? If they are to be culled, not wasting them (i.e eating them) is the next best thing.
What would you suggest? Just gas them and then dump them?

By Expatio | 15 January 2013 4:21 PM

Very sad that so many innocent beautiful migrating creatures will be slaughtered because they infringe on human property. So the humans gas them. Will they use Zyklon B? Nile Geese are an especially lovely bird. The great number and variety of birds in Holland used to be on my list of top things about this country.

By Simon Bordelen | 15 January 2013 4:39 PM

I don't think that gassing them means that they can't be eaten. At every chicken hatchery, all of the roosters that are born are systematically gassed with CO2 - the hatchery is only interested in the chickens. So, we step in and intercept said roosters and feed them to our cats for SUPER CHEAP (and it is the best food you could feed your cat). This way, at least the chicks are still in the food chain and are not going to complete waste. So, with the geese, I surely, desperately hope that they don't intend on WASTING 500,000 lives.

By Stupid | 15 January 2013 7:20 PM

This is sickening, we wont be happy until we have destroyed everything.

By DougNL | 15 January 2013 7:59 PM

Bloody disgraceful. If they get in the way of 'human property' they should consider culling immigration, rather than innocent animals.

By woods | 15 January 2013 8:57 PM

If an overpopulation truly risks harming the ecosystem and cause destruction to farmers, then the only humane way is to kill the birds systematically and CONSUME them. How can anyone justify killing so many healthy animals and just throwing them away? They're not suffering from any disease that we know. Goose is a delicacy and if the situation calls for it, then why not make use of it?

By Michael | 15 January 2013 11:31 PM

I never like the idea of mass-killings, but I understand why the government initiated it. With no predators to keep certain species at bay, they eat into the other territories of other species. This includes animals that share their food sources, and those of humans. If the food sources dwindle across the board for the geese, other animals, and humans, something will begin starving. Environmental damage may result too. Canada Geese have spread into many parts of Europe beyond North America. There are many species with this issue. The government is likely including commercial, sanitation and safety concerns too.

By Jen | 16 January 2013 11:18 AM

I really hope that people are going to eat the birds if they are culled and not just bury them in the ground like is normally the case. Still, nothing like a post like this to get the bleeding hearts going.

By Barry Grey | 16 January 2013 2:02 PM

This problem is the result of very poor management by the Dutch government, and the 'solution' of gassing birds is really sad.

Overpopulation of geese is a problem that can be solved with a wildlife management that includes widespread hunting of the birds. This is a much more humane approach than gassing the birds, and the meat is certain to be eaten (who wants to eat a gassed bird?). Unfortunately, the Dutch government makes it almost impossible for non-Dutch citizen to hunt, and their license is a ridiculous 2-day affair. Allow more hunting and less gassing. singed, an American hunter in Amsterdam

By Mark | 18 January 2013 10:57 AM

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