The revised mute swan management plan proffered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) essentially aims to eliminate the entire population of 2,200 Mute Swans in the state within the next ten years - this is unacceptable.
After the DEC’s release of a Draft Management Plan in January 2014 proposing the complete elimination of Mute Swans in New York State, an unprecedented number of comments were submitted in opposition, demonstrating unequivocally that compassionate New Yorkers want Mute Swans to be protected, not eliminated.
The rationales provided for killing these magnificent creatures are flawed, and countless experts have submitted comments and issued public statements critical of the scientific basis for the DEC’s proposal. We shouldn’t kill off one animal population on the misguided belief that we are helping to save another, and certainly not, at the very least, without unequivocal evidence to support such extreme and irreversible action.
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New Yorkers value our wildlife, and cherish the free-living animals we share our environment with. We believe these creatures should be protected, not slaughtered.
It is a long-established principle of American wildlife law that the wild birds in this country should be protected from harm. They should be allowed to live their lives in freedom in the wild; not killed, maimed, captured, or deprived of their ability to live their natural lives and to have offspring.
The Mute Swan Management Plan, as it is being proposed, would kill all the Mute Swans in upstate New York. In New York City and Long Island, swans would be captured, pinioned, kept in enclosed areas, and deprived of the ability to have cygnets.
There is no reason to kill these beautiful, magnificent, innocent birds.
Pinioning is a cruel, painful procedure which maims the bird for life, depriving him of the ability to fly. Flight is essential to a bird, just as walking is to a human being. Capturing a swan and enclosing him in a restricted area deprives him of his natural, free life in the wild.
All species in nature have offspring. The ability to breed, care for their babies, and watch them grow up is an emotional and psychological need, and is a fundamental aspect of the life cycle of any bird.
Depriving swans of their lives, or of all that gives their lives essential meaning to them as living beings, would be a tragedy and a great wrong.
New York's mute swans are beloved, and they add great beauty and magnificence to the natural environment of the state. They have an intrinsic value within themselves, as a part of nature, and the sight of swans flying or swimming with their cygnets gives great joy to human beings.
Regarding them as an invasive, non-native species is supported by no clear-cut scientific proof and is a matter of dispute. This categorization may be inaccurate and should not be relied upon to decide their fate.
More significantly, no proof or even evidence has been offered to demonstrate that they are causing any harm to the environment or to the ecosystem. A few years ago, in the Chesapeake Bay area, when swans were blamed for a deterioration in the quality of the Bay waters and a decline in other species, it was later scientifically demonstrated that surrounding pig and poultry farms were responsible, not the swans. Nevertheless, thousands of mute swans were slaughtered.
Human activity, as we all know, is greatly responsible for the destruction and deterioration of world-wide ecosystems, and, no doubt this is true for the eco-systems in New York State, as well. Killing and harming thousands of innocent swans would only be a further assault on nature.
Instead, consider restricting the activities of human beings in order to bring much-needed restoration to the ecosystems of New York State.
Mute swans should be protected, not eliminated. The rationales provided for killing these magnificent creatures are flawed, and countless experts have submitted comments and issued public statements critical of the scientific basis for the DEC’s proposal. Regarding them as an invasive, non-native species is supported by no clear-cut scientific proof and is a matter of dispute. This categorization may be inaccurate and should not be relied upon to decide their fate.
We shouldn’t kill off one animal population, at the very least, without unequivocal evidence to support such extreme and irreversible action, which the DEC has failed to provide.
Please Stop New York State's Mute Swan Management Plan!