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NYS Senator Avella introduces bill to squash DEC’s plan to eradicate mute swans in New York

From Friends of Animals

February 11, 2014 | Mute Swans

New York state Sen. Tony Avella filed bill # S6589 Feb. 10 in the New York Senate to establish a two-year  moratorium on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s DEC plan to eradicate all 2,200 wild mute swans in the state by 2025 and declare them a “prohibited species.”   “I was horrified to learn that our state wildlife agency would make such an extreme, unfounded proposal, and do not believe that the DEC has provided evidence to justify the elimination of these beautiful swans,” Avella said. “The public outcry has been severe—many New York residents do not want to see mute swans eliminated and animal advocacy organizations, wildlife experts, rehabilitators and others have also joined the chorus of opposition.  In addition, to imposing a two-year moratorium, my bill requires DEC to illustrate the necessity of eradicating this non-native species by demonstrating the actual damage to the environment or other species caused by mute swans."   To continue reading visit- http://friendsofanimals.org/news/2014/february/nys-senator-avella-introduces-bill-squash-dec%E2%80%99s-plan-eradicate-mute-swans-new

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