Officials will begin the process of gassing up to 10,000 geese which have settled in a 20km radius of Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport next week.
Provincial government allows 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.
Last year some 5,000 geese around the airport were gassed.
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