Sunday, January 19, 2014

DEC plans to kill every swan in state

From WPIX:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposes to kill or capture all mute swans by 2025 because of their aggressive nature and threat to native wildlife.

According to the plan, adult swans on public land will be shot or euthanized and their nests and eggs destroyed

The proposed policy follows other states like Michigan and Maryland, who also determined this non-native bird as too much of a threat to local wildlife.

DEC has also announced 115 other native species may be outlawed.

Mute swans are the largest bird in New York with a 7-foot wingspan, and weigh 20-25 pounds. They are known for their orange and black bills.

“I don’t know why they would pick on mute swans,” said Sally Newbert, who works on the board of the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society. “They’re beautiful birds.”

The swans were originally brought from Europe for their aesthetic value in the 1800s, and privately bred.

Nassau SPCA spokesman Gary Rogers says the mute swans should not be eliminated, “We have brought these animals here, and we have a responsibility to find a way to manage these animals better, but to completely say, ‘We’re basically going to eradicate them’ — what’s next?"


Here's where you can comment and here's a petition against it.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposes to kill or capture all mute swans by 2025 because of their aggressive nature and threat to native wildlife.

The hypocrisy is astounding.

Anonymous said...

“I don’t know why they would pick on mute swans,” said Sally Newbert, who works on the board of the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society. “They’re beautiful birds.”

These are non-native, large and highly aggressive animals. Apparently, Sally Newbert has never encountered one close up. Try feeding one some bread crumbs, Sally. It will snap at you. Swans may be pretty to look at but they're nasty.

Anonymous said...

The greatest chess player of all time, Bobby Fischer, said it perfectly.

"They hate nature and the natural order, because it's pure and beautiful, and also because it's bigger and stronger than they are, and they feel that they can not fully control it. Nature's beauty and harmony stands in stark contrast to their squalidness and ugliness, and that makes them hate it all the more. They are destroyers. They are anti-humans."


"They" run this city.

Queens Crapper said...

"Try feeding one some bread crumbs, Sally. It will snap at you. Swans may be pretty to look at but they're nasty."

You're not supposed to be feeding them, so you get what you deserve.

Anonymous said...

Where's Bill DeBlasio, animal rights activist?

Where's NYCLASS?

What a bunch of hypocrites.

georgetheatheist said...

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Anonymous said...

So this is what my tax dollars is going to be spent on. Killing a bird that is doing nothing wrong. This is getting ridiculous.

How about deporting all the illegal aliens in the state. I'm sure they are doing more damage by overcrowding and using services they don't pay for than a few swans who are bothering no one.

Queens Crapper said...

"The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposes to kill or capture all mute swans by 2025 because of their aggressive nature and threat to native wildlife."

"DEC has also announced 115 other native species may be outlawed."

So we're protecting native species that we're eventually also going to kill?

Anonymous said...

Leave the Swans ALONE!!!! DEC people are nuts..go do other plans that Are MoRe IMPORTANT!!!!

Anonymous said...

Anon No. 3:

Despite his heritage, Bobby Fischer was an anti-semitic, anti-American, paranoid lunatic. You should come up with a better quote.

Anonymous said...

These are non-native, large and highly aggressive animals. Apparently, Sally Newbert has never encountered one close up. Try feeding one some bread crumbs, Sally. It will snap at you. Swans may be pretty to look at but they're nasty.

Swan "aggression" is harmless to human beings, and more chest-beating than anything else. You will not find a single instance of a severe injury to a human from a swan except for a secondary peril, like tripping and drowning in the water nearby its nest after becoming frightened.

Anonymous said...


D-Bags, why don't they cut their ovaries and/or balls (if they have any) instead of bothering such beautiful and harmless creatures. There's enough trashy people that shouldn't spread their seed on this world anyway.
Let these increadible birds live their lives undisturbed.

Anonymous said...

"You're not supposed to be feeding them, so you get what you deserve."

Didn't. Saw it happen to a little girl at a park. She screamed and then burst into tears.

Anonymous said...

Well, Bloombutt was on a Canada goose eradication program and they ARE native. Unless there is proof that native species are being adversely affected by the mute swans, leave 'em alone. All this meddling with nature usually ends up with a major screwup.

Anonymous said...

I hope the swans bite the idiots trying to kill them. The birds are just minding their own business, stay away from them and you won't be hurt! People kill more than the swans but yet look how many pieces of garbage are not killed after committing a murder! People are the problem not the birds!

Anonymous said...

How about getting rid of Cuomo instead?

Anonymous said...

So you can get rid of swans because they aren't supposed to be here, but you let the immigrants keep flowing unchecked?

Anonymous said...

Not all birds vote Democrat. Swans look like Republicans to me.

yelena linetskaya said...

Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry ,the author of ”The Little Prince said: “ You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed”. Kill the plan, not swans!
http://www.bigapplesecrets.com/2014/01/swan-bay-kill-plan-not-swans.html