Killing Mute Swans? Shameful.

All over the United States, mute swans have been the victims of unnecessary killing just for doing what is natural to them – living, and eating vegetation to survive...

The beautiful mute swan, known for its graceful white body and distinctive orange/red bill, is found up and down the eastern sea board and in areas as far west as Montana and Utah. However, it is still disputed whether mute swans are native to the United States or if they were introduced in the 1800s.  Either way, free-ranging swans are now a naturalized, not to mention beautiful, part of our environment. There is no evidence that swans are responsible for meaningful environmental alteration. In fact, it is more likely that they are being used as a scapegoat for our political failure to deal with environmental problems such as water pollution and toxic runoff. 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.

Even Slash, famous guitarist from Guns N' Roses, and Nigel Barker, world-renowned photographer, have spoken out against this unnecessary slaughter.

Urgent: One more action needed now to protect mute swans in New York!!!

The Situation: Following overwhelming approval by the state Assembly, the Senate unanimously passed legislation that gives the swans a two-year reprieve from eradication by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)! This important bill will require the NYSDEC to prove that mute swans are actually damaging the environment before moving ahead to eradicate these beautiful animals in New York State. Many thanks to Senator Tony Avella (D-Queens) and Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) for their leadership on this important bill.

But our fight is not over. It is critical that we get major public support for the Governor to sign this bill! Please Help! Please contact Governor Cuomo right away and ask him to sign this important legislation: