Request to help stop bill that would allow massive bird slaughter

Dear Best Friends Network Members,

Right now, there is in both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives, concurrently, a bill (S2547) and (HR4114) that would deprive 94 species of non-native birds of the protection of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, including species of cranes, cardinals, and swans.

This bill is moving rapidly through both houses, with little opposition, and has the potential to allow the mass slaughter, especially all along the East Coast, of tens of thousands of Mute Swans.

There has long been a plan for government agencies to slaughter Mute Swans, on the Chesapeake Bay and on many lakes. This nearly took place a few years ago, but it was prevented by a court ruling, in 2001, that found that Mute Swans were protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The bill now in congress, called the Migratory Bird Treaty Reform Act would exempt Mute Swans and 93 other species from federal protection.

If this bill were to be passed, then the Mute Swans will be in danger all over again of mass slaughter, and the other 93 species of non-native birds will no longer have federal protection either.

If you would like more information about this, please go to http://www.api4animals.org

Please either call, send a letter to, and/or e-mail your two state senators and your representative in the House of Representatives, and ask them to vote against this bill.

Their names and contact information may be found at

A sample letter follows; you may use this, or send a letter in your own words.

Thank you so very much for caring about these birds and for taking the time to help them!


(Sharon St. Joan)
Bird and Wildlife Consultant
Best Friends Animal Society

Sample Letter


I am writing to urge you to oppose S2547 (to your two senators) (or to oppose HR4114- to your representative in the House).

S 2547 (or HR4114) will destroy the protection afforded by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to 94 species of migratory birds, considered non-native, and will allow them to be shot, trapped, poisoned, or otherwise killed. These birds include cranes, cardinals, swans, and many others.

Overall bird populations are dwindling year by year in this country and globally. Birds need more protection, not less.

The mass slaughter of beautiful, magnificent Mute Swans along the East Coast by government agencies, had been planned and was about to take place, until it was halted by a Washington D.C. court ruling, in 2001, that found that Mute Swans were protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Passing S2547 (or HR4114) would remove this protection and would allow the long-planned slaughter of tens of thousands of Mute Swans. This seems to be the primary reason for the introduction of this bill.

Concerning the Chesapeake Bay, one of the areas targeted for the slaughter of swans, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has determined that harm to the bay is caused by industry and farming, not by Mute Swans.

Mute Swans, and most birds, mate for life, take wonderful care of their young, are intelligent, graceful, beautiful, contribute positively to the environment, and cause no harm to human beings. They are a
source of joy to many human beings, in a world often short of joy.

Thank you very much for considering voting against S2547 (or HR 4114), thereby retaining federal protection for these beloved birds.

(your name)

Thank you for your continued support.

Troy Lea
Network Coordinator
Best Friends Animal Society
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, Utah 84741
435-644-2001 ext.123

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