Urgent: Mute Swans Under Attack Again
Stop New York’s Revised Mute Swan Management Plan
After an outpouring of 50,000 comments, including our official letter and the comments made by many IDA supporters, stating our opposition to New York State’s plan to kill 2,200 mute swans by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), late in 2014, the DEC has now issued a revised plan.
Unbelievably, the revised plan is still the same extirpation plan as presented before, but with minor cosmetic changes. Not based on the best-available science, the plan continues to spread the hateful and distorted view of swans as a detrimental, destructive and invasive force. Driven by this unsubstantiated belief and absent of any accountability, hundreds of mute swans would be killed by the DEC at will and shot by hunters seeking new “bird shooting opportunities.”
Mute swans are not an invasive species: this term should be reserved for species causing drastic, harmful and deleterious effects. Mute swans are NOT environmentally harmful. Rather, they are beautiful, majestic parts of the New York environment.
According to the revised plan, the DEC would greatly reduce the number of mute swans by lethal and cruel means from the current 2,200 to fewer than 800 in upstate New York. Remaining free-living mute swans in city parks would be penned, wing-clipped (to prevent flight) and their reproduction would be strictly controlled with sterilization and other birth control methods. These aggressive management methods are unacceptable.
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