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Please sign this petition and email the DEC at to express that they stop their plans to kill all the Mute Swans in New York State.

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Stop The Killing of Mute Swans in New York

Swans - New York State DEC Plan To Reduce Population

Oppose the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's policy plan of completely eliminating the state's free-ranging Mute Swans. 

The DEC recently released its proposed ten-year management plan for the Mute Swan in New York state. This outline for management seeks complete and total decimation of the species by the year 2025.

One of the top reasons the agency gives for this policy proposal is the Mute Swans “exhibiting aggressive behavior towards people.” Swan attacks resulting in serious injury to humans are so rare and near physically impossible that the government insults the public's intelligence by presenting this as a major justification for extermination. If you approach a swan nest they might get aggressive and hiss and flap their wings to protect their young, but the danger that they will break your leg or arm with their wings is pure baloney; it's cheaply packaged propaganda for public consumption. They are not that strong and it's all show and bluster. Any serious injuries that have been documented are nearly without exception a secondary result of entanglement, such as falling or drowning.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's case against the Mute Swan falls flat in the face of reason and responsibility. Its plan to utterly eliminate this majestic creature from the face of its land reflects an agency that has lost touch with its core mission as well as with the greater voices to which it must ultimately answer. Their plan's pathetic attempt at simplifying or reducing management to utter elimination of what's to be managed is a dereliction of duty and a crime against nature and public trust and a very grave cause for concern.

PLEASE HELP STOP THE KILLING OF MUTE SWANS IN NEW YORK STATE! Sign this petition and spread the word.


Comments on the draft Mute Swan plan may be submitted in writing through January 31, 2014 to: NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife, Swan Management Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754 or by e-mail to (please type “Swan Plan” in the subject line).

This petition was delivered to:
  • NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife, Swan Management Plan
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Leslie Surprenant, Director, Dave Adams, Coordinator
    Office of Invasive Species Coordination
  • Chairman New York Committee on Environmental Conservation
    Assemblyman Robert Sweeney
  • Waterfowl Season Task Forces
    Bryan Swift

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