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Committee To Abolish Sport Hunting
PO BOX 13815, LAS CRUCES, NM 88013-3815
VICTORY UPDATE March 6,
MI trustees did not pass the swan killing resolution!
Please thank the
trustees for not supporting swan killing:
W. Solden, Township Supervisor
February 28, 2012
~~ ACTION ALERT ~~
Mute Swans Under Attack
URGENT ACTION NEEDED
MUTE SWANS UNDER ATTACK...Contact the Waterford,
Michigan, Borad of Trustees and urge them to seek non-lethal means of
resolving their problems.
Monday, February 27 the Board of Trustees introduced a resolution
supporting the destruction of swan eggs and the slaughter of swans
living on two-dozen or more lakes.
The Township claims that there is an increasing need for
different techniques to resolve swan mute problems but its resolution
centers on violence and killing.
swans often interfere with hunters who seek to kill animals such as
Canada geese by keeping the population of geese under control in areas
where the swans reside.
With swans present Canada goose populations will not increase and
hunters will not be able to blast away at the harmless birds as much
as they would like to.
PLEASE CONTACT THE WATERFORD
BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND *POLITELY* URGE THEM TO EXPLORE NON-LETHAL
METHODS AT ADDRESSING ANY REAL OR PERCEIVED PROBLEMS WITH MUTE SWANS.
W. Solden, Township Supervisor -
Vlaeminck, Clerk -
Margaret Birch -
following trustes should be contacted through the Township’s general
e-mail contact form:
can contact them at their homes (their home phone numbers are listed
on the Waterford Township website)
Anthony M. Bartolotta, Trustee (248) 980-4677 Home
J. Kramer, Trustee (248) 933-2733 Home
J. Maloney, Trustee (248) 623-7933 Home
O'Shea, Trustee (248) 877-7342 Home
below is the Township’s mute swan resolution, followed by a
CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WATERFORD
WHEREAS, there is an increasing need for different techniques to
resolve swan mute problems, and
WHEREAS, nest destruction and egg removal are effective tools to
control site-specific nuisance mute swans, and
WHEAREAS, it is required, under authority of Act 451 of PA 1994, as
amended, to gather and euthanize the captured mute swans by approved
WHEAREAS, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has set forth
guidelines for obtaining permits that allow remove and destruction of
mute swan eggs, nest and for the euthanasia of captured mute swan, and
WHEAREAS, lake associations, private residents and business owners,
subdivisions and property owners may submit appropriate paperwork to
the DNR Wildlife Division and are responsible for adhering to the
requirements under that permit,
THEREFORE, BET IT RESOLVED. That Waterford Township approves Egg
Destruction and Euthanasia Permits for invasive mute swans for five
years (2012-2017), including but not limited to, Angelus, Cass, Clam,
Eagle, Elizabeth, Geneva, Huntoon, Loon, Lotus, Maceday, Morgan,
Oakland, Otter, Pleasant, Pontiac, Schoolhouse, Scott, Silver, Sylvan,
Van Norman, on the Lakes, Watkins, Williams, and Woodhull Lakes.
Further, that the applicant must apply annually through the DNR
Mute Swan Program.
Mr. Solden and the Waterford Board of Trustees:
saddened to learn that Waterford Township is considering killing mute
swans and destroying their eggs and nests, despite the birds not
posing a threat to public health or safety.
There are a plethora of non-violent solutions to waterfowl
issues and there are surely several that would address the problems
that the Township claims to exist.
Please resist the urge to unquestioningly accept the advice of
those who represent the hunting and “wildlife management” industries,
as their viewpoints are biased toward hunting and killing.
should not be exterminated to serve those who seek to kill other
wildlife. Please scrap
any and all plans to bring violence upon mute swans and in their place
implement only peaceful and non-violent methods of swan control.