Free-ranging swans are now a naturalized, and magnificently beautiful, part of our environment. There is no evidence that swans are responsible for meaningful environmental alteration. Yet, Governor Cuomo, bowing to pressure from the DEC, recently vetoed important legislation that would have declared a moratorium on the killing of mute swans in the state of New York.
We must learn to live with our naturalized wildlife –native and non-native alike–and stop trying to recreate a world that can no longer exist. Brutal and unnecessary killing of mute swans is not a substitute for the humane and enlightened management that these magnificent animals deserve.
Pegasus is currently developing a plan for legal and regulatory action to ensure that mute swans receive necessary protection. Help Pegasus Foundation Stop the Slaughter!