NEW HYDE PARK - Animal activists were out in full force tonight in New Hyde Park to protest a controversial plan to eliminate the local goose population.

Officials with the Town of North Hempstead voted to consider a plan to kill of hundreds of Canada geese by shipping them to a food processing plant, where they would be euthanized. The geese would be herded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife specialist.

Activists told the boards that proposal is inhumane and will not solve the problem long-term.

Officials say the geese cause a problem by dropping about a pound of fecal matter per bird each day. Many people believe they pose a public health risk by polluting parks, waterways and athletic fields.