In December 2013, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a Draft Management Plan which proposed the complete elimination of mute swans in New York State. The DEC later issued a revised management plan that calls for reducing the state's population of 2,200 swans to 800 - this is unacceptable!
Thousands of New Yorkers submitted public comments to the DEC in opposition to its proposals, demonstrating unequivocally that New Yorkers want mute swans to be protected by our government, not slaughtered.
The rationales provided for eliminating these magnificent creatures are flawed, and numerous experts have spoken out in criticism of the supposed basis for the DEC’s plan. 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.
Take Action Now! Tell Governor Cuomo: Stop New York State's Swan Killing Plan
As a New Yorker who cares deeply about our wildlife, I urge you to reject the management plan proffered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) which aims to eliminate the state's population of 2,200 Mute swans.
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. The determination that mute swans are an invasive species is not supported by 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!
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