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Time For Cemetery Swans to Go

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Dear Editor,

I have just read two letters to you regarding the swans at the Lakeview Cemetery.  I have to agree with these opinions as well.  Tell me what’s right about “keeping” swans at the cemetery as a source of entertainment and worse...decoration!

Mute swans need to feed in deeper water than ducks and feed on acquatic insect, plants, frogs and fish...I am not confident that there’s appropriate provision for them with regards to their natural needs.  They can live 30 to 40 years in captivity, but how can we guarantee appropriate care in the future if they indeed last this long?


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Is it Time to Reassess Swans at Cemetery?

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Editor,

Is it time to reassess having swans at Lakeview Cemetery?

I know the argument. Folks love to come to Lakeview Cemetery, feed the swans while enjoying the peaceful surroundings. There is even a new gazebo strategically placed for that purpose.

Are we trading off the rights of the swans just for our own pleasure? Some think that watching the swans is educational and entertaining, and that may be so. Others may see it as a prison yard that includes winter confinement.


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Cemetery Doesn't Need Swans

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Dear Editor,

Yet again I am reading about more misfortune for the Meaford Cemetery swans.

When I moved to Meaford four years ago I remember reading that one died.

Another time I read a letter from a resident telling of the atrocious inadequate care the swans were receiving throughout the winter. I think these swans were sent to sanctuary.

Now the two swans have gone missing.


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