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Pols Poised to Delay NY's Mute Swan Slaughter

June 05, 2014 | Mute Swans

Article from The Forum Newsgroup

By Anna Gufaston

The state’s plan to kill thousands of wild mute swans in New York – including the many that call Jamaica Bay home – by shooting or gassing them seems likely to be placed on hold, with Assembly members passing a bill last week that would delay the initiative and the state Senate poised to do the same this month.

The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn), that was passed last Wednesday would establish a moratorium on the state Department of Envrionmental Conservation’s plan to declare the bird a “prohibitive invasive species” and wipe out the state’s entire mute swan population – numbering at around 2,200 – by the year 2025. 

The bill also requires the DEC to hold at least two public hearings and to respond to all public comments before finalizing any management plan for mute swans. The DEC would additionally be required to prioritize non-lethal management techniques and include scientific evidence of projected and current environmental damage caused by the mute swan population.

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is the lead sponsor on the Senate version of the bill, which is expected to pass sometime this month.

Avella and Cymbrowitz introduced their legislation after the DEC last December made public its plan to eliminate the state’s mute swan population – which drew vehement criticism from elected officials and animal rights advocates.

“I was horrified to learn that our state wildlife agency would make such an extreme, unfounded proposal and do not believe that the DEC has provided evidence to justify the elimination of these beautiful swans,” Avella said in a previous statement.

Among those who have joined the legislators in their criticism is Friends of Animals, an animal advocacy organization that has long been protesting the proposal.

“Our New York office has been swamped with phone calls and emails from frantic New York residents horrified that mute swans may be wiped out entirely,” Friends of Animals’ New York Director Edita Birnkrant said in a previous statement.

 

Please contact your NY State Senator and urge them to pass Senate Bill S.6589A--the bill that would save NY's mute swans from being wiped. This bill passed in the Assembly last week and we need calls and emails to ensure it passes in the Senate and becomes law. Please also contact the co-leaders of the NY Senate, Sen. Skelos at 518 455-3171 or skelos@nysenate.gov and Senator Klein at 518-455-3595 jdklein@senate.state.ny.us and tell them you want them to save our swans and pass this bill.

Comments

We are begging you to please NOT kill our swans, our wildlife!

Please don't kill the Swans. They deserve to live. Show some compassion.

Relocate the swans instead of killing them.

Do not kill the Mute swans!

the ugly and cruel human race is destroying everything on this planet. How can you do such a thing and see? What would you like to teach your children to have a kind and compassion heart or a murderer?

Swans are so marvelous birds, we MUST SAVE SWANS!

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