Unseemly Alliances Merge to Obliterate the Mute Swan

The following list was included in the Comments to New York State’s Draft Management Plan for Mute Swans by The League of Humane Voters of New Jersey and the Animal Protection League of New Jersey.

Federal and state wildlife regulatory agencies are partnered with the industries they regulate!
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) commingles regulators, trade associations, and the following manufacturers of firearms: Remington Arms, Inc.; Browning Arms, Inc.; Alliant Powder; Olin Corporation; Hodgedon Powder Com.; Blount, Inc.; Marlin Firearms Company; H&R 1871 Inc.; Sturm, Ruger & Co.; O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.; SigArms Corporation; Taurus International Firearms; Weatherby, Inc.; Smith & Wesson; ATK Ammunition Systems; the Archery Trade Association; the Audubon Society (national, affiliates, or independent) and the Nature Conservancy.

Seventy-nine percent of state wildlife managers are hunters. Through the AFWA’s “Teaming with Wildlife” (TWW) manufacturers and regulators are partnered with the Audubon Society (national and most state chapters or independents). These few interests slice up the pie, scratch each other’s backs, and benefit from the status quo. The trade-offs are generally at the expense of hunted animals, and, in this case, the splendid Mute. “Conservation” is a business; all manner of killing is now swept under its rubric.

The TWW National Steering Committee, dominated by shooting trade associations and interests, controls each state’s Wildlife Action Plan (WAP), or wildlife and land policies. State-level TWW affiliates generally include state Audubon societies and a host of TWW satellite organizations, grant brokers, and management consultants. State Audubon Societies may be affiliated with the national organization (chapters) or independent entities.
These alliances are unacceptable!

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