Save Swans from Eradication

mute swan

Target: Joseph Martens, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation

Goal: Save New York’s mute swans from being killed off by 2025, and support humane methods of controlling the swan population

The New York swan population is in trouble. By 2025, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) plans to kill all mute swans that currently occupy New York. The reasoning behind this induced extinction is not soundly based on science: essentially the birds serve as a nuisance, so they must be decimated. The mass murder of New York’s swans cannot be allowed to happen.

Mute swans have called New York home since the early 1800’s. Immigrants brought the birds with them with the goal of adding to the beauty of the area; the birds are aesthetically pleasing and bring many New Yorkers great joy. The DEC has decided to eradicate the species due to reasons that are hard to stand behind: mute swans can be aggressive, and therefore pose a threat to humans; the swans feed on submerged aquatic vegetation in mass amounts which may prove to be detrimental to the ecosystem; and the swans inhabit more areas than they did in the past.

The DEC argues that during nesting, which lasts under two months, swans are particularly aggressive, causing people to stay away from the area and miss out on favored water sports. These issues can be dealt with in a humane way, without needing to kill the swans off entirely. People are entirely capable of avoiding nesting areas for a little longer than a month, once a year, without complaining about the birds. They should avoid these areas and appreciate nature. The DEC should help the birds by relocating some of them, educating people and controlling nesting areas, as well as planting alternative foods for the birds in order to save the submerged aquatic vegetation.

Urge the DEC to understand that extinguishing the birds entirely from New York is not the right answer to any problem. The birds deserve to live there and deserve to be respected. Sign this petition to save New York’s mute swans.


Dear Joseph Martins,

By the year 2025, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation plans to have killed all free-ranging mute swans. I am extremely disappointed by this proposal and do not support the decision to kill off an entire population of an animal for any reason. I urge you to reconsider this plan; killing all mute swans is not a solution, it is a barbaric and hasty wrong-doing.

Please consider transferring some mute swan populations to areas that are capable of handling their presence. Nesting season should not be a time to declare mute swans ‘dangerous,’ or a ‘nuisance to humans;’ rather, this should be a couple of months out of the year that nesting areas are secure and the birds are left alone with their young. People can abandon their water sports for this time and learn to appreciate nature. Consider public education about mute swans; promote coexistence rather than eradication.

If the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) is indeed in trouble, alternatives need to be found. Ecosystems need to be able to thrive, but taking mute swans out of their ecosystem entirely has devastating effects, many that will not be known until it is too late. Try planting other foods that swans enjoy eating in an area with stable vegetation.

I urge you to consider these proposed options, and any others that do not endanger the mute swan population. Please do not make the grave mistake of killing this magnificent bird population.


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  1. What is the matter with the human race. These are
    such beautiful creatures and are a delight to the eye.
    I am so sickened by the cruelty of the human race.

  2. With all the pollution from humans the DEC blames the mute swans for it ???? The forge river , Mastic NY Just adressed by Steve Ballone is the cause for shellfish dying , plantlife dying and the cuase of the brown tide. Pollution created by cesspools, pesticides and exhuast from motorboats, so how can a handfull of birds actually affect the great south bay. Hit the DEC were it hurts and stop them from trying to take our hard earned taxpayers money to exterminate a few birds. Guess DEC Joeseph Martens want to go on a nice vacation when he robs us of the Milllions of dollars claims he needs to get rid of 2200 birds.And to top it off he wants to profit by selling the swans meat to food pantries. The DEC is the cause of the national deficit. Dont like swans ???how are the bothering you if you dont even live near the water. thankyou.

  3. Stop the DEC From Killing Mute Swans/Sign petition

    You might have to copy and paste the links into your browser for it to link up.Email this link to your friends and family:

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    URGENT!!! 100,000 signatures needed by March 1, 2014, to STOP THE MUTE SWAN SLAUGHTERS federally. Please sign and forward to everyone you know. Tweet, facebook, and whatever else you can do to help, is greatly appreciated. Over 6000 mute swans have been killed in Michigan from 2011. These senseless killings need to be stopped and our wildlife agencies need to be investigated. So much money, so many dead animals. PLEASE HELP by signing. Thank You!

  4. Your help is urgently needed today to ensure passage of Senate Bill #S6589A, sponsored by Senator Tony Avella, the bill that would protect New York’s entire mute swan population from a death sentence. This critically important bill passed in the Assembly (A.8790A) on May 29, and now we need to get it passed in the Senate in the next few days in order for it to become law. Please take a few minutes today to call the elected officials listed at the bottom of this alert – the bill must be passed by the Senate before the end of session next week.

    The legislation establishes a moratorium on the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to declare the graceful bird a “prohibited invasive species” and eliminate the state’s entire population by 2025. The bill requires DEC to hold at least two public hearings and to respond to all public comments before finalizing any management plan for mute swans. In addition, DEC would be required to prioritize non-lethal management techniques and include scientific evidence of projected and current environmental damage caused by the mute swan population.

    1. Contact your state senator and ask them to pass Senate Bill # S6589A, introduced by New York state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens), to stop the plan to kill mute swans.

    2. Contact the co-leaders of the NY Senate, Sen. Skelos at 518-455-3171 or and Sen. Klein at 518-455-3595 and tell them you want them to save our swans and pass this Bill #S6589A

    3. Contact Sen. Grisanti, Chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee, where the bill is currently sitting, and ask him to pass the #S6589A out of his committee. Call Sen. Grisanti at 518-455-3240 or email at

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