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Pa. food bank director would welcome NY goose meat

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KAREN MATTHEWS | June 22, 2011 07:17 PM EST | AP


NEW YORK — The director of a Harrisburg, Pa., food bank says he'd be happy to receive meat from Canada geese culled in New York City to promote aviation safety after geese caught in the engines of a jet forced it to land on the Hudson River.

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank executive director Kendall Hanna says the meat is valued by his clientele and moves "very, very quickly."

The goose eradication was authorized after U.S. Airways Flight 1549 made a miraculous landing in the Hudson in 2009 and the passengers and crew members were rescued.

Nearly 1,700 Canada geese were rounded up and gassed last year. This year the goose meat will be sent to Pennsylvania food banks.

The animal welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has offered to donate vegan food to the food banks instead.