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Andrew Cuomo
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Stop New York State's Swan Killing Plan - Sign A.8790A!


The bill is on his desk! Tell Governor Cuomo to Sign A.8790A & Protect NY's Swans!

Great news! The "Mute Swan Protection Bill" (A.8790A) has finally been delivered to Governor Cuomo -- however, he only has until December 17th to sign the bill into law!

Poughkeepsie Journal: Bill to halt eradication of mute swans on Cuomo's desk,Governor has until Dec. 17 to take action on the measure, which would suspend DEC plans to wipe out the bird statewide

Take Action Now!

We launched a petition urging Governor Cuomo to Sign A.8790A and Protect NY's Swans. Please add your name SIGN HERE ====>

More importantly, please call the Governor’s office at (518) 474-8390 and leave a message asking that he SIGN THE BILL or email

Killing New York’s mute swans and other wildlife is wrong – it is cruel, and not how New Yorkers want our taxpayer dollars spent.  The rationales used to support killing these animals are deeply flawed.  

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.  

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's draft Management Plan for Mute Swans in New York State is available on the DEC website: 

Letter to
Governor Andrew Cuomo
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
As a New Yorker who cares deeply about our wildlife, I urge you to sign A.8790A into law, to help protect our state's Mute Swans. This bill, if enacted, will postpone adoption of a management plan proffered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) which aims to eliminate the entire population of 2,200 Mute Swans in the state within the next ten years.

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. To that end, the N.Y. Assembly approved, and the N.Y. Senate unanimously passed S.6589 which will establish a two-year moratorium on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s brutal plan to eradicate all approximately 2,200 free-living Mute Swans in the state by 2025.

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. Two years would allow time to investigate and implement such non-lethal approaches to limit the range of Mute Swans, instead of hastily sentencing them to death.

Though S.6589, if enacted, wouldn’t protect New York’s Mute Swans forever, it’s an important step in the direction of scientifically sound and humane wildlife management, meaningful public input in the decision making process, and maximizing the wellbeing of nature and all it encompasses.

I urge you to sign the bill into law.