A high-spirited swan in New Jersey faces the death penalty as the entire community pleads for its life.
The ‘aggressive’ swan named Alfie is claimed to have lashed out at people trying to go near him. Residents nearby are now rallying to save the swan’s life after he was reportedly seen attacking a jet skier.
Because of the attack, Alfie is now set to be euthanized.
A community of neighbors has called for Alfie’s life to be spared, saying the father of six would be more relaxed if people don’t go near him.
One furious resident ToriAnne Neri told News12: “Killing is never a solution. Killing anything is never a good solution. It’s never good to stop a heartbeat.”
Neri is just one of the people doing their best to save Alfie’s life.
The United States Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the swan is set to be killed after it reportedly became aggressive.
However, Alfie’s supporters say the people taunting the animal should be blamed, including skiers and boaters trying to get too close to the swan.
They also say that Alfie only wants to help his family.
Speaking to NJ.com, Irene Almeida said: “The swans aren’t doing anything wrong. They live in the wetlands, and they have their babies. They protect the babies.”
Neighbor Tony Almeida also called on authorities to spare Alfie’s life, saying the boats moving too fast are too blame for the swan’s aggressive behavior.
Residents have also called on Mayor John Ducey to help obtain a permit that will see Alfie’s life spared and the swans relocated.
The mayor told NJ 101.5 that he has been working with the residents to get the swan moved to safety.
A spokesperson for USDA said: “While we understand that removal of an animal is difficult for people, in situations where aggressive animals are documented, removal may occur to protect health and safety.
“We understand that it may be difficult for people to see an animal removed when they have not experienced the aggression themselves, however, that does not negate the fact that aggression has occurred.”
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