The Port Authority, the organization that controls New York and New Jersey's airports, is killing thousands of animals each year -- and for no apparent reason, according to an investigation by the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
Earlier this year, news broke that the agency was culling animals, mostly birds, in an effort to prevent them from getting sucked into a plane's propellor and jeopardizing passengers' lives. They had killed over 20,000 animals -- mainly birds and foxes -- over just the past two years, including a number of species considered threatened or endangered. The agency has been operating using a "kill-first" approach, reportedly in effect since the 1990s.
Now, data says that the cull program is pointless. Says the Star-Ledger:
An analysis of Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration data by The Star-Ledger shows that though the agency has expanded its wildlife management program considerably since 2009, wildlife collisions with aircraft at New Jersey airports have not declined.