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Port Authority Killed Over 20,000 Animals Over The Past Two Years

Port Authority Killed Over 20,000 Animals Over The Past Two Years

The agency killed everything from the endangered northern harrier to muskrats to a parakeet over the past two years in the name of airline safety.

The Port Authority is responsible for the killing of 20,000 animals over two years, including threatened and endangered species, the New York Post reports.

The Port Authority is responsible for the killing of 20,000 animals over two years, including threatened and endangered species, the New York Post reports.

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Animal rights groups, including Friends Of Animals and Goose Watch NYC, have been angered by news of the report.

According to Goose Watch NYC founder David Karopkin, “[The Port Authority] take a kill-first approach” and that there’s “no incentive to take a long-term look at this issue. Killing is a way for them to pat themselves on the shoulder and say they’re protecting people.”

The issue of wildlife management gained a higher profile after the 2009 crash landing of a US Airways flight on the Hudson River, piloted by Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, was caused by Canada geese stalling the engine.

Port Authority representative Ron Marisco said the agency kills animals that “pose immediate threats to aviation safety and do not respond to nonlethal harassment” and also claimed that 95% of wildlife control is non-lethal.

Here are some statistics on the animals the Port Authority killed in the past two years:

1. 11 ospreys (marked as “Of special concern” by the report.)

11 ospreys (marked as "Of special concern" by the report.)

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Marisco said that the agency has a permit to kill the osprey because they “posed immediate threats to aviation safety and did not respond to nonlethal harassment.”

2. 3 American kestrels (marked as “threatened” by the report.)

3 American kestrels (marked as "threatened" by the report.)

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3. 1 northern harrier (labeled as “endangered” by the report.)

1 northern harrier (labeled as "endangered" by the report.)

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4. 5,729 laughing gulls.

5,729 laughing gulls.

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5. 3,203 European starlings.

3,203 European starlings.

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6. 2,445 herring gulls.

2,445 herring gulls.

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7. 1,908 mourning doves.

1,908 mourning doves.

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8. 1,070 brown-headed cowbirds.

1,070 brown-headed cowbirds.

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9. 997 Canada geese.

997 Canada geese.

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10. 82 eastern cottontail rabbits.

82 eastern cottontail rabbits.

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11. 62 woodchucks.

62 woodchucks.

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12. 44 muskrats.

44 muskrats.

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13. 11 white-tailed deer.

11 white-tailed deer.

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14. 11 coyotes.

11 coyotes.

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15. 5 snowy owls.

5 snowy owls.

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Friends Of Animals sued the U.S. Department Of Agriculture over the Port Authorities killing of snowy owls.

16. 4 red foxes.

4 red foxes.

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17. 1 monk parakeet.

1 monk parakeet.

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Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals stated: “A parakeet? The idea that parakeets would bring down an aircraft is ridiculous. This gives you an idea of how trigger-happy [the PA] are.”

18. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals representative Martin Mercereau stated:

The Port Authority is trigger happy. Killing these animals demonstrates sidestepping of humane methods and mindless reliance on lethal force. Either they’re lying or not trying hard enough. Tax dollars are just paying for an endless killing cycle. When wildlife is killed, more animals move in for available resources. Effective wildlife management is based on a simple rule: get rid of the food, make the environment unattractive, and the animals will move on. Non-lethal works and is long-term effective.

19. You can read the whole list here.

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28 Nostalgic Photos Of New York In The 1980s

28 Nostalgic Photos Of New York In The 1980s

Prolific photographer Frank Horvat captured fascinating scenes from the early 1980s in his project New York Up & Down.

1. Picnic in Central Park, 1984.

Picnic in Central Park, 1984.

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The palette of New York is too rich, colour must be allowed to have its say.

Via Frank Horvat’s diary, 21st February 1983.

2. World Trade Center in a puddle, 1985.

World Trade Center in a puddle, 1985.

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3. Subway at rush hour, 1982.

Subway at rush hour, 1982.

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While I am riding in the New York subway, to some destination whose name means nothing to me and which I’ll probably never reach, because I’ll get off at a random station, to follow some commuter whose look has intrigued me.

Via Frank Horvat’s diary, 4th April 1984

4. Steam jet in the morning sun, 1984.

Steam jet in the morning sun, 1984.

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5. Two ladies, Central Park, 1984.

Two ladies, Central Park, 1984.

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6. Father and son in the Subway, 1984.

Father and son in the Subway, 1984.

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Sixth Avenue. A dark-haired woman rushes towards me, her hair lifted by a back draft, like Medusa’s serpents. I see her in the viewfinder, for a fraction of a second. But did I press the shutter at right moment? With the right frame, the right focus, the right speed?

Via Frank Horvat’s diary, 9th February 1983.

7. Stockroom in a snack bar, 1984.

Stockroom in a snack bar, 1984.

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8. Homeless person under plastic, 1984.

Homeless person under plastic, 1984.

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9. Private detectives, 1984.

Private detectives, 1984.

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The highs and lows of New York are not just the transitions from Uptown to Downtown, from the darkness of the subway to the view from the top floors of the sky-scrapers, from the temperatures of January to those of July. But also the shifts, from one day to the other and sometimes from one minute to the next, between exaltation and disappointment, triumph and failure, fulfillment and defeat.

Via Frank Horvat’s autobiography, 2010.

10. Women in a cafeteria, 1984.

Women in a cafeteria, 1984.

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11. Christmas presents, 1984.

Christmas presents, 1984.

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12. Old lady, 1984.

Old lady, 1984.

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13. Balloons in the Subway, 1984.

Balloons in the Subway, 1984.

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14. Painting shop, 1983.

Painting shop, 1983.

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15. Cigarette advert, 1983.

Cigarette advert, 1983.

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16. Subway, 1983.

Subway, 1983.

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Most of these moments – or rather most of the slides on which they are recorded – will end up in the blue plastic bowl that lies under my projection table in Boulogne and serves as a rubbish bin. A few will survive my editing, my wife’s criticism, the objections of some of my friends, and eventually become entities on their own, almost separated from me, less and less dependent on my judgment.

Via Frank Horvat’s diary, 4th April 1984

17. Graffiti, 1984.

Graffiti, 1984.

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18. Dwarf, 1983.

Dwarf, 1983.

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19. “Money Is Everything”, 1986.

"Money Is Everything", 1986.

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20. Sandwich man, 1985.

Sandwich man, 1985.

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21. Two couples, 1985.

Two couples, 1985.

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22. Elevated subway, 1985.

Elevated subway, 1985.

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23. World Trade Towers in a cloud, 1984.

World Trade Towers in a cloud, 1984.

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New York is the opposite of the inhuman metropolis, as imagined by those who have never set foot there. It is, on the contrary, one of the few places on earth – and maybe the only one – where Homo sapiens have successfully mutated into homo urbanus. With rituals, reflexes and unwritten laws, allowing fifteen million people, who have come from all corners of the planet, to live side by side within a restricted space.

Via Frank Horvat’s autobiography, 2010.

24. Lady in a snow storm, 1984.

Lady in a snow storm, 1984.

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25. Times Square in a snow storm, 1984.

Times Square in a snow storm, 1984.

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26. Homeless woman asleep at a table, 1984.

Homeless woman asleep at a table, 1984.

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27. Downtown shop window, 1986.

Downtown shop window, 1986.

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28. Funeral home’s delivery boy, 1985.

Funeral home's delivery boy, 1985.

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See more of Frank Horvat’s work here.

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