New York City plans to send geese captured around its airports to a slaughterhouse in Pennsylvania, where the high-protein, free-range meat will be sent to food banks.
The decision by the city Department of Environmental Protection was made following criticism that the gassed geese were dumped into landfills.
A department spokesman tells The New York Times that it wanted to enhance public safety but also help those in need. He says Pennsylvania was chosen because it has a protocol for processing and distributing slaughtered geese.
Goose eradication was authorized after U.S. Airways Flight 1549 made a miraculous landing in the Hudson River in 2009 after geese were caught in its engines.
The agency says that next year the meat will probably be fed to needy New Yorkers.
Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com