Wiping Out a Species Mute Swans
Friday 25 February 2011
There are a species at risk everywhere in the World . Recently I have been communicating with a reader in the United States that has many concerns that will affect our swan “Mute Swan” population in Canada also.
I can understand the frustration when the Government involvement and special interest groups, and people that can sleep at night after slaughtering an innocent animal, anyone that can influence the disposal of a species.Trumpeter swans are Native to Canada as the Tundra swan.Mute swans were brought into Canada in 1958. Understanding Mute swans were introduced to the US much before Canada.What happens in the US usually happens in Canada As site coordinator Karen has been emailing me since this article Michigan-to-ban-wildlife-rehabbers-helping-mute-swans Thursday February 10 2011, I hope this brings attention to a nonsensical killing by brutal THUGS
STOP THE KILLING OF MUTE SWANS IN MICHIGAN
On January 13, 2011, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources presented a proposal for Mute Swan Management to the Natural Resource Commission. Their proposal not just denies the waterfowl rehabilitator to take in any injured mute swans, but it also will force them to render any mute swans they have in their possession. These swans will be killed.
Most waterfowl rehabilitators take care of these animals on their own time and money. They choose to take care of them because they feel it’s not the animals fault when they get injured due to careless fishermen that leave their lures, bobbers, hooks , empty worm cans and fishing line behind, or when an animal gets hit by a boat, car, or jet ski. That’s not “survival of the fittest” or “let nature take its course”. It’s called human error, and they should be able to care for these animals.
On February 10, 2011, The NRC voted 3 to 2, that even though the average number of mute swans that the rehabilitators take in in one year is only about 40 swans, they did not feel that the rehabilitators should care for what The DNR calls “a non-native, invasive species” that they are working on removing from all state land and eventually public and private lakes.
Also proposed in their management plan was the reduction of the mute swan population from 15,000 to 2,000 swans. “The Mute Swan Management and Control Program Policy and Procedures contains a goal to reduce the mute swan population to zero on DNRE lands. We will continue management activities to reach that goal.” -Barbara Avers, DNR Waterfowl and Wetlands Person.
During the presentation, they neglected to say how they expect to do this. When asked, the “DNR person” admitted that they would be lethally shooting them through permits on public and private land. This would begin before the end of 2011. According to the August Mute Swan Forum Minutes, the swans will be tossed in landfills. Please e-mail us if you would like a copy of these extremely interesting minutes that lay out how they plan to carry out this inhuman management plan.
COPY and paste this in your browser window please sign the petition http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-killing-of-mute-swans-in-michigan<<Thanking you in advance
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