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Officials Can Shoot Birds Near NYC Airports

Government officials are now legally allowed to shoot down migratory birds flying too closely New York City airports in order to protect aircraft. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York’s decision to allow bird-sniping supports a previous federal permit issued to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that allowed bird-shooting in emergency aviation situations.

The group Friends of Animals challenged a June 2014 permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that gave the Port Authority power to end any “direct threat to human safety” posed by migratory birds. The conservation group believes that the birds ought to be trapped and relocated whenever possible, rather than shot on-sight by government officials.

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[Photo: Mark Adam]

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