Thank you to everyone who has spoken up in defense of New York's mute swans! The DEC received approximately 50,000 emails in opposition to their proposal! Because of our efforts, we may be able to prevent their extermination plan from being implemented. On Friday, the DEC announced that they will be revising their plans:
“The draft plan for management for mute swans received significant public interest and DEC received many thoughtful and substantive comments. DEC is listening to these comments and concerns and will revise the draft plan and provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the revised plan this spring.” DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens
The big win here is that state legislators, animal advocacy organizations, and many others came together to intercept this plan at an early stage, forcing the DEC to revisit their plans. This victory could not have been achieved without our collective efforts. However, our work is far from finished - the plan to destroy NY's swans has been set in motion, hundreds have already been killed, and the DEC must be deterred from pursuing all-out extermination. We will strongly oppose any revision that seeks to expand the killing of these innocent animals.
DEC's "swan plan" is part of a much larger war on wildlife, and animals are losing. Since the killing of NYC's Canada geese began we have seen many other species targeted by USDA Wildlife Services, such as turkeys in Staten Island, deer on Long Island and in Westchester, this morning the NY Post reported that the Port Authority has killed more than 20,000 animals at NYC airports in the past two years ... the list is very long. Taxpayers are funding the needless slaughter of millions of animals, we must keep the pressure on to change these policies.
Event: On Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 1pm, I will be giving a presentation at Brooklyn Law School about urban wildlife law & policy and the work GooseWatch NYC has done, aviation expert Ken Paskar will be on hand to answer questions relating to ai
Thanks Diane for the update!