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The recent near collision of two passenger jets over New York City once again is proof that there are more near collisions between planes due to pilot and control tower error.

So why, once again, are authorities blaming Canadian geese and goslings? It is outrageous that these birds are being rounded up and killed because they might possibly cause a collision with an airliner. Yes, passenger and flight crew safety is a top priority, but it does not justify killing birds at all. There must be a more humane way to reduce possible collisions between birds and planes.

Animal organizations such as PETA, the Humane Society and the ASPCA need to work together with airport officials to come up with ways to reduce this problem. One thing that I could never understand was why did the Port Authority build an airport near federally protected wetlands where thousands of birds and other wildlife are living? That never should have been done.

 

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

 

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