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The Swans Will Not Starve, So Stop Dumping Food In Sheepshead Bay

Posted By Ned Berke On June 25, 2014 @ 11:59 am In News & Features | 4 Comments


The above photo was taken yesterday on the Emmons Avenue side of the Ocean Avenue footbridge. Captured by reader Andrey G., “Someone dumps bagels and bread into the Bay on industrial scale.”

It’s true, and it’s not the first time we’ve seen this. While many come to the waterfront with fistfuls of crumbs to feed the swans, others have taken it to some pretty severe extremes. It even looks like some businesses may be purposely chucking their end-of-day leftovers into the water, presumably to avoid paying the carting fees to have it properly tossed.

And it’s not just bread and bagels. A few weeks ago we were tipped off to the fact that someone decided to chuck three whole large pizzas in the Bay. It made for quite a sight as they surfed the waves (and unfortunately wasn’t captured on camera).

As you can see, the swans aren’t interested. They get their fill both naturally and from those who toss in crumbs. This is just overkill, and actually incredibly bad for the health of the birds and other wildlife [1].

In the midst of the fight to protect Sheepshead Bay’s swans [2], actions like these sure lend an argument to those who’d prefer to see them exterminated. So knock it off, or this will become yet another reason of why we can’t have nice things.

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[1] ncredibly bad for the health of the birds and other wildlife: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7001.html

[2] fight to protect Sheepshead Bay’s swans: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2014/06/dec-opens-fire-upstate-swans-defying-elected-officials-passed-mute-swan-murder-moratorium/

[3] Trash Washes Up In Sheepshead Bay, Again: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2012/08/trash-washes-up-in-sheepshead-bay-again/

[4] Sheepshead Swans Get Stay Of Execution As Agency Explores Alternative Methods Of Population Control: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2014/03/sheepshead-swans-get-stay-of-execution-as-agency-explores-alternative-methods-of-population-control/

[5] Garbage Overflows At Subway Overpass: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2010/03/garbage-overflows-at-subway-overpas/

[6] Behold: The Glorious Gunk Of Sheepshead Bay’s Waterfront!: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2012/05/behold-the-glorious-gunk-of-sheepshead-bays-waterfront/

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