Target: Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo
Goal: Applaud the decision to place a two-year hold on the killing of mute swans
The local residents of New York have succeeded in getting the State Senate to pass their bill to put a two-year hold on the murder of mute swans, a species of swan known for being less vocal than other species, that were previously threatened. This important issue was previously written about on ForceChange here. Now, it is the governor of New York’s decision to approve the bill. The Department of Environmental Conservation’s declaration to kill the 2,200 mute swans in New York was announced in January, but has been postponed due to the power of the people.
The 1,500 comments, 16,000 letters, and 30,000 petition signatures successfully was able to stall the Department’s decision. The public is not alone in their advocacy for the swans. An adviser to the Humane Society, John Grandy, concluded that the swans’ small numbers would not negatively impact plant species. Additionally, the senators backing the bill stated that generations can learn from this decision by finding the right time to act, living with grace as swans do.
Since the public outcry, the department has sought a better way to address the problems the swans pose. Calling the mute swans an invasive species, the Department stated that the birds are harmful to humans, disturb other plant and animal species, and contaminate water supplies. However, the research that the department’s accusations were based on were poorly supported. Now, the department must demonstrate evidence of their findings under the bill that was passed under the State Senate.
Please show your care for these animals and prevent the unnecessary slaughter of them by applauding the Senate as well as encouraging Governor Cuomo to approve their actions.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
I am writing to urge you to approve the State Senate’s bill to avoid the murder of mute swans. The State Senate has spoken, as well as the people, who combated the Department of Environmental Conservation’s initial plans to kill the animals. The Department is yet to find sound evidence for its accusation of mute swans as an invasive species, and an adviser to the Humane Society has found that the swans’ numbers are not significant enough for them to be detrimental to the environment’s waters, plants, and other animals.
The 1,500 comments, 16,000 letters, and 30,000 petition signatures received by the department stopped the slaughter. Thus, the public has demonstrated that they care for these animals. Please approve the bill to demonstrate how to live with grace, the way in which swans do, as a basis for future decisions on mass extermination of animals.
[Your Name Here]
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