Please oppose New York State’s draft plan to completely eliminate New York’s mute swan population. The State is accepting comments on the draft plan, which recommends the total elimination of the swans via killings, decapitation and egg puncturing, until February 21.
These regal birds have been targeted because they are not native to New York and purportedly have a negative impact on certain types of subaquatic vegetation. The mute swan currently numbers about 2,200 in New York and makes up less than one percent of all waterfowl in the State. They are protected nearly everywhere else in the world.
Surely, there is a more humane way to deal with the perceived problems caused by these beautiful, silent birds. And surely, that way is less drastic, more measured and more cognizant of the impact humanity has had on the environment.
You can oppose the draft plan by doing the following:
Write to New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact your New York State Senator. You can find your senator here: http://www.nysenate.gov/districts/map
Sign a petition. One of the more popular ones is here: https://www.change.org/petitions/new-york-state-department-of-environmental-conservation-stop-new-york-state-s-swan-killing-plan
For a copy of the draft plan and more information about the Department of Environmental Conservation, go here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7076.html