The Canada geese that live in Prospect Park and other areas throughout the city are about to molt, which means they can’t fly, which means the city can show up, round ’em up, and kill ’em. Just like last year! “Goose counters from the federal Department of Agriculture are currently surveying parks in the vicinities of the city’s airports,” the Times‘ City Room blog reports, “and they expect to present their findings to other agencies soon, after which the annual cull will take place.” The paper makes it sound not like a matter of if, but when, even though Prospect Park’s goose population is down this year to 29, from hundreds last year.
Incredulously, the Times depicts the goose slaughter controversy as a matter of locavore wastenots vs. inefficient bureaucrats. “Much of the outcry prompted by the roundup…focused on the fact that after the geese were gassed, their bodies were dumped in a landfill, leaving literally tons of tasty, high-protein free-range meat (an adult goose can weigh 25 pounds) to rot in garbage heaps,” reporter Andy Newman writes. I don’t know what insular circles of elitist gourmands Mr. Newman moves in, but here in Brooklyn, among the outraged, the indignation has focused on the fact that geese in Prospect Park are not close enough to any airports to pose a serious threat to air traffic safety, and that even if they did, the government shouldn’t be in the business of preemptively slaughtering its residents. Killing geese to protect airplanes is akin to paving over nature preserves to create parking lots.
For those worried about all that tasty meat, it’ll be going to food banks in Pennsylvania.
[via Windsor Terrace Blog]