Target: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner, Joseph Martens
Goal: Decry the New York DEC for its horrific and deplorable killings of mute swans
One day before legislation was passed to protect swans from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) plan to eradicate the bird in the state, two mute swans were murdered by DEC employees. The DEC employees carried out their senseless killings in front of children and families and shot the birds even though they posed no serious threat. The DEC employees not only murdered two harmless swans, but also orphaned several baby swans.
The DEC previously issued a statement saying that it would revise its eradication plan to include non-lethal methods of controlling the swan population in the state, however, the recent killings give us a glimpse into what lengths the DEC is willing to go to in order to resolve its issue with the swan population. Animal welfare groups are doing everything they can to protect the birds from the DEC’s plan to exterminate over 2,000 swans throughout the state.
Nothing can justify the sudden and inhumane killings of these two swans. There was nothing that could possibly be gained from killing the two mute swans. Also, the fact that it orphaned several baby swans and left them to fend for themselves, makes the employees’ actions absolutely deplorable. Sign this petition to decry the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for its horrible decision to murder these two swans.
Dear Mr. Martens,
It has sadly come to my attention that two swans were recently shot and killed in the Black River Bay. I understand that two DEC employees carried out these sudden and senseless killings, which not only took the lives of two harmless swans, but also orphaned their babies and left them to fend for themselves.
How could you allow such a horrible act such as this to occur one day before the implementation of legislation that would protect the swans of New York? There was nothing that could possibly be gained from killing two mute swans. According to a statement previously issued by the DEC, it would consider revising its eradication plan to include non-lethal methods of controlling the population of swans in New York, however, this recent heinous act has led me to believe the DEC will do everything it can to completely eradicate the swans.
I hope that you will consider revising the swan eradication plan to completely adopt non-lethal methods of controlling the swan population. With the new legislation in place to protect the swans, no more birds should die in vain.
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