This legislation, if signed by the governor, has the potential to negatively affect hunting, fishing, shellfish harvest, and wildlife watching opportunities and impact native wildlife and wetland habitats. Furthermore, it is a blow in the face to sound management of natural resources; which was driven by a minority of people with a special interest agenda. If Governor Cuomo allows this to pass into law by signing these bills, it will set a dangerous precedent and encourage more and more politics to drive policies regarding conservation and/or hunting instead of allowing the DEC to make science-based decisions.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
We are asking you to veto S-065889-A and A-08790-A and authorize the DEC to manage New York State's free-ranging mute swan population and prevent captive mute swans from establishing additional free-ranging populations. It is wise to allow the DEC to manage invasive species and all wildlife in an ecologically sound manner, including complete extirpation of mute swans from New York.
Please consider the following:
We, the undersigned, ask you, Governor Cuomo, to VETO S-065889-A and A-08790-A.