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FoA to Gov. Cuomo: Protect New York’s mute swans

June 10, 2015 | Mute Swans

ALBANY—A bill (A.3675 ) that seeks to protect mute swans from a state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) plan to eradicate the population in New York has passed the Assembly June 9. A companion bill (S.1555) passed the state Senate last month. An earlier version of the bill, which would impose a two-year moratorium on the DEC plan, passed the legislature last year but was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the condition that the DEC revise its plan. 

“Gov. Cuomo was deceived by the DEC—its new plan is the old insidious plan, which lacks scientific proof that 2,200 swans are damaging the ecosystem, with some new, distracting language thrown in,” said Edita Birnkrant, campaigns director for Friends of Animals. “DEC staff ‘control’ options will include: nest destruction, egg addling, shooting of free-range swans, capture, euthanasia and outrageously, the hunting of mute swans is also being considered as an option. All these options are unnecessary and cruel.”

Friends of Animals is asking Gov. Cuomo not to make the same mistake twice and to sign the bill into law. “Once again, the legislature has spoken, the people have spoken, Friends of Animals and other animal protection organizations have spoken loud and clear…we all want protection for NY’s swans,” Birnkrant said.

During the mandatory two-year moratorium, the bill would require the DEC to publish scientific evidence demonstrating that mute swans are invasive and harmful to the surrounding environment.

“The fact that this bill has now passed the Senate two years in a row is a clear sign demonstrating how New York feels about DEC’s cruel eradication plan for mute swans,” said N.Y. state Sen. Tony Avella, who introduced the bill. “It is inhumane to simply kill these birds without clear proof that they are dangerous to anything around them. With the passage of this bill, we can work to find a method that not only prevents harming these birds, but allows them to live peacefully in New York among humans and other wildlife.”

DEC’s attempt to blame 2,200 mute swans for causing significant environmental damage throughout all of New York is flimsy at best. While the diet of mute swans consists of sub aquatic vegetation (SAV), studies have shown that runoff from fertilizers, pesticides and animal waste contribute significantly to the loss of SAV in other areas, like the Chesapeake Bay. Since mute swans constitute only about one half of one percent of the approximately 400,000 waterfowl in New York  counted by the DEC, and the nearly half a million waterfowl also consume aquatic vegetation, killing a relatively small population of mute swans will not contribute significantly to SAV recovery.

Contact Governor Cuomo using this form or calling 1-518-474-8390 and ask him to sign this bill that will save NY's mute swans into law.

Comments

The swans are a part of the beauty that people enjoy, let them be.

The intelligence of an area is measured by its ability to coexist peacefully with others.

Swans are like geese and ducks,, they eat the larvae of mosquitoes and fleas. Swans save human lives.

mute swans constitute only about one half of one percent of the approximately 400,000 waterfowl in New York counted by the DEC, and the nearly half a million waterfowl also consume aquatic vegetation, killing a relatively small population of mute swans will not contribute significantly to SAV recovery.

PASS BILL A.3675 IMMEDIATELY

PLEASE SIGN!

Please stop the killing of the beautiful mute swans,

Please let these beautiful swans alive.

Please stop the killing of these beautiful wildlife birds! Bureaucratic agencies seem to think the only answer to perceived "problems" is to kill the wildlife. The Department of Environmental Conservation seems to be a misnomer - looking at their website, their main activities are promoting fishing, trapping, hunting and shellfishing (i.e., killing wildlife). Please sign bill A.3675 and save swans.

stop killing innocent animals.

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