PETA Offers Reward of Up to $5,000 in Swan-Poisoning Case

For Immediate Release:
April 27, 2021

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Oakland County, Mich. – PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person(s) responsible for killing nearly 20 swans since January around Maceday Lake.

The dead swans have all been found floating in the lake or lying on the shoreline. A necropsy performed on one of them found that he or she had been poisoned, possibly with antifreeze, and police believe that the killings may be connected.

A police investigation has not yet turned up any leads, and PETA is hoping for public help to solve the case before more swans are killed. W

“These swans deserved to live peacefully with their families, but instead, they likely died in agony,” says PETA Senior Director Stephanie Bell. “PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately, before anyone else gets hurt.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that swans are protected by anti-cruelty laws and that violators face imprisonment and heavy fines upon conviction.

Tipsters should call the Report All Poaching hotline at 800-292-7800.

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