Wednesday, July 14, 2010

City Carries Out Goose Genocide

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 12:36 PM

This is what a dead goose looks like. Now imagine 400 of them stacked in piles.
  • This is what a dead goose looks like. Now imagine 400 of them stacked in piles.
We and many others were in a tizzy last month when a goose in Prospect Park went missing with an arrow through its neck. Such concerns seem cute now that the city has carried out an organized massacre of every goose it could find.

You know, because geese pose a hazard to air travel—and not, well, the other way around.

Biologists—not unlike the "doctors" who collaborated with Nazis or the psychologists who help torture inmates at Guantanamo—helped round up roughly 400 geese living in Prospect Park last week.

As the Times reports:

The biologists, working with the federal Agriculture Department, then packed the geese two or three to a crate and took them to a nearby building where they were gassed with lethal doses of carbon dioxide...In recent weeks, the Canada geese have begun their annual molting, meaning they could not fly. Their capture was timed to the molting.

Of course, you're all probably reading this just wondering how you can score a chunk of goose flesh.

The carcasses of the Prospect Park geese will be double-bagged and dumped in a landfill. Other states use different methods, like turning the geese into food or animal feed. This year, the Agriculture Department donated 900 pounds of goose breast to food pantries in Pennsylvania.

Ah, the circle of life.

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