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Iswan2.jpgn 2008, ARFF objected when the City of Orlando announced plans to import a group of swans to Lake Eola Park to be added to the already large number of swans on the lake. ARFF criticized the plan as irresponsible, primarily because Lake Eola is a busy, urban park that is a poor environment for captive animals. Park visitors feed the swans everything from white bread to Cheetos, and the birds are susceptible to becoming victims of human cruelty (the swans have had their wings clipped, a permanent amputation that prevents them from flying very well and escaping from danger).

This week we learned of another in a long list of incidents in which swans at Lake Eola were victims of cruelty. Orlando police are looking for a man who released his dog from its leash to attack a swan. The bird was euthanized after suffering severe injuries.

In January 2012, a man was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals after he grabbed a swan and carried the bird out of Lake Eola by the neck. In July 2011, police followed a trail of feathers to the home of a man who had taken a swan from
the lake. In October 2010, at least six swans were stolen by a man who had intended to sell the animals. In June 2009 police arrested a man at the park for grabbing two swans by the neck. We could go on…

It’s clear that the City of Orlando is unable to protect the swans at Lake Eola Park. Contact Orlando’s Mayor and ask that the city never again purchase swans for Lake Eola.

Mayor Buddy Dyer
Email: buddy.dyer@cityoforlando.net

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2 Responses to “Orlando’s Lake Eola Park: a bad place to be a swan”

  1. on 31 Mar 2013 at 10:26 pm Susan Gatti

    My husband and I have been taking weekly trips to Lake Eola to visit a beautiful black swan who built a very large nest with 6 eggs. Quite sadly today on Easter we were shocked to see one of his wings were slashed in half. He seems very sick and yet he still sits on his eggs but now there are only 4. I hope someone will help this helpless swan and his eggs.

  2. on 16 May 2014 at 4:33 am i agree

    can the crappy city of Orlando do anything right?? I too noticed MANY MORE SWANS…is it necessary to place these innocent SWANS amongst these vicious pathetic humans who ARE going to hurt them??? you stupid a**holes. I saw a swan with babies and yes most people are nice but there are going to be crazies too. there are WAY too many swans there. sadly, I thought the swans were taken care of and maybe humans really were good and no one was hurting them but upon knowing this, screw this horrible city–its only about abusing the innocent it seems. idiots..don’t let innocent animals get trapped in a place where HUMANS are and also clip their wings??? I saw a poor mother swan just get UP to move on her eggs and tons of people were taking pictures of her…tehse swans deserve privacy not to be show pieces for a crappy city to use them for visitors.. this city just needs to be monitored because it can never do ANYTHING right the morons heading it are incompetent fools and now they want to hurt innocent animals..scumbags..!

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