Tuesday, June 23 2009 @ 08:36 PM EDT
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Some say new bill is 'license to
kill' rare birds
Updated: Sunday, 14 Jun 2009, 4:22 AM EDT
Published : Sunday, 14 Jun 2009, 4:22 AM EDT
- Shannon Mulaire
TAMPA - In January, Captain Chesley Sullenberger was forced to ditch flight U.S. Airways flight 1549 in the Hudson River moments after experiencing a bird strike. This week, New York City officials announced they would round up as many as 2,000 Canadian geese near the city's airports and euthanize them.
In Florida, where a similar scenario could happen, the plan is different. Friday, Governor Charlie Crist signed a bill that protects airport employees from fines or charges if they kill a rare species while trying to scare birds from the runway.
While the bill aims to protect humans, some say it does little for species like the bald eagle. Eric Draper from the Audobon Society of Florida says the bill goes too far.
The thing that's most disturbing to us is it gives them the authority to use lethal power to kill things like bald eagles that might be found around airport sites," Draper says.
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