July 27, 2010 / Brooklyn news / Meadows of Shame

Bloomberg defends goose massacre

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Mayor Bloomberg has met the enemy — and it is the geese.

In his first public comments since his administration called in federal executioners to massacre 290 geese in Prospect Park, the mayor said he has little sympathy for the airplane-engine-destroying feathered fowl.

“[We have] to deal with the fact that geese are a danger to planes and people,” Bloomberg said in Greenpoint on Monday. “If geese were humans, I think you’d know my stance on that.”

He refused to take follow-up questions on the slaughter that still pains thousands of users of Prospect Park, where federal officials rounded up and gassed almost every goose in the park on July 8.

Bloomberg’s comments came in stark contrast to the more than 100 people who gathered for a memorial service on July 17. At that vigil, Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope) even called the killings “a crime” and said he would demand changes in the city’s wildlife management strategy.

Park and federal officials maintain that the slaughter was necessary to avoid another incident like the “Miracle on the Hudson” last year, when a passenger plane crash-landed on the Hudson River after geese slammed into its engines.

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Machmud Takriti from Bayridge says:
There are many more horrible things going on in the world to read about and bc a few nutjobs are having a mourning fest for a few dead geese you make this a headline?...
July 27, 2010, 8:34 am
LuLu from PLG says:
Once again, all the facts are ignored by the perpetrators of the killings. These geese were not migratory, so they caused no threat to planes. And then there are those lovely people like Machmud who calls anyone with empathy for animals a "nutjob". Nice.
July 27, 2010, 10:51 am
K. from Arkady says:
As the ferret was to Rudolph Giuliani, so shall the goose be to Michael Bloomberg.
July 27, 2010, 3:36 pm
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July 27, 2010, 10:17 pm
SG says:
The geese slammed into the jet? Are you sure it's not the other way around?

July 28, 2010, 8:41 am
steven rosenberg from paek slope says:
Well, even blind squirrels occasionally find acorns. The Mayor is correct.

So, let me guess. Park Slope"s enlightened ones will be doing various stupid acts of civil disobedience to block the next round of geese control. Cry me a river...
July 28, 2010, 1:53 pm
Jeffrey Starin from Park Slope says:
I think this knuckle-headed Mayor of New York who answers to no one should consider the following program which would eradicate the Geese once and for all:

Drain all water from the Parks in his fiefdom.

It will provide work for some agency that supports his ever-expanding use of taxpayer funds for his pet projects and once and for all make the skies safe for air travelers.
July 29, 2010, 12:06 pm

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