Brussels clears way for geese to be gassed throughout the Netherlands

12th May 2015, Comments 2 comments

The European Commission has given the green light to pest controllers to gas hundreds of thousands of geese throughout the Netherlands.

At present, geese can only be gassed within a 20 kilometre radius of Schiphol airport because of the threat the birds pose to aircraft.

Elsewhere geese have to be killed manually. The government wants to reduce the size of the goose population in the Netherlands back to its 2005 levels which, experts say, will entail the slaughter of 500,000 birds.

The permit to use carbon dioxide to kill the birds has been granted to Duke Faunabeheer, which has the contract to gas geese around the airport. It will start catching and gassing geese in Utrecht and Noord-Holland provinces in the last week of May.

However, bird research group Sovon says it is far from clear if killing geese actually reduces the population. And animal rights party PvdD says a better method of controlling geese numbers would be to grow different sorts of crops in the areas where the birds concentrate.


2 Comments To This Article

  • ASteinberg posted:

    on 19th May 2015, 01:04:36 - Reply

    I hope the bird organizations and animal rights groups in Europe strongly protest this disastrous and poorly-thought-out plan. There are many successful humane alternatives to managing goose populations that actually work for the long-term. Killing is a short-sighted plan that will not solve their problem.
  • DKaye posted:

    on 19th May 2015, 01:11:21 - Reply

    They sure could learn a HUGE lesson from Israel's Dr. Yossi Leshem, a biologist who mapped migration routes over Israel and by slightly altering plane routes, managed to cut Israel's bird/airplane strike numbers by 80% without harming a single bird. Dr. Leshem works with many other countries in utilizing his technique. The netherlands desperately needs his help, since their disastrous idea will help nothing.
    Human error, mechanical failure and suicidal pilots cause more than 49% of air incidents and crashes, birds a very small proportion. Certainly not enough to justify killing this many.
    Bird-detecting radar would do far more to help.
    Though a lot more highly of The Netherlands before reading this article. Shame on you.