Early in 2014, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) began a course to exterminate the mute swan population from the waters of New York State. Skeptical about the scientific basis for DEC’s program, the State Legislature passed a law at the end of 2016 imposing a two (2) year moratorium on DEC’s implementation of any mute swan control plan sponsored by Senator Avella and Assemblyman Cymbrowitz.
On September 6, 2017, the DEC released the third draft of its proposed Mute Swan Management Plan. Anticipating correctly that the DEC would ignore the requisites of Senator Avella’s bill, some opponents of DEC’s plan commissioned a report by Hudsonia, Ltd., a non-advocacy organization that conducts scientific research on ecological issues. The Hudsonia report establishes that the scientific conclusions upon which DEC uses to justify its program, are seriously deficient. There is no justification for a statewide program to eliminate wild, free-ranging Mute Swans . (Click link below to see the entire report.)
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.
Brutal and unnecessary killing of mute swans is not a substitute for the humane and enlightened management that these magnificent animals deserve.
Help Pegasus Foundation Stop the Slaughter! Please sign the Change.org Petition below and tell the DEC and the legislature to continue the moratorium on killing or injuring Mute Swans and, instead develop plans to enhance Mute Swans throughout the State for the people and environment of New York!