SAMOA ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP THREATENS LEGAL ACTION OVER KILLING OF

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ENDANGERED DUCKS

APIA, Samoa (October 23, 1997 - PACNEWS)---Samoa's O Le Siosiomaga Society, an environmental group, is threatening legal action against the Faleolo International Airport Authority for killing endangered birds, the grey duck.

A flock of grey ducks from a mangrove swamp near the airport was sucked into the engine of an Air New Zealand aircraft Sunday as it landed, bending engine blades and causing a six-hour delay for passengers flying out to Los Angeles.

Airport authorities say the swamp should be drained to get rid of the ducks, but environmentalists say the swamp is the main breeding ground for the indigenous Samoan bird.

A spokesman for O Le Siosiomaga Society says the organization is prepared to take legal action against anyone who kills grey ducks or other endangered species protected by Samoan law.

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