posted on Apr, 20 2014 @ 11:58 AM
The Swans Act of 1553 enacted by King Edward VI,
supplemented and modified by Elizabeth I in 1576,
never repealed, the act remains in legal statute, and is still enforceable.
The law basically means that all mute swans in the UK are personal property of the reigning monarch, unless the monarch makes a gift of said swan.
Swans that have been gifted, have a mark carved into their beaks. Unmarked beaks means the swan is the property of the monarch.
The act also makes it illegal to interfere with, or intentionally harm the birds. It also makes it illegal to collect their eggs, or interfere with or
damage their nest. It also makes it illegal to intentionally pollute any waters being used by swans.
Swans are the most protected bird in the UK.
Given this, I am suprised that the worker was allowed to even approach the birds.
If you have ever seen a mute swan out of the water, you will appreciate just how big and heavy and powerful they are. They can easily attack and
overpower a full grown man, especially when in the water. The water is their habitat, not ours, and yes, they can break bones, quite easily in
It is sad that the man died. My best wishes go to his family.