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Stop eating our swans...

#1
Anglers are starting a campaign to stop swans being dragged from their local canal and butchered by hungry immigrants.
Members of Luton Angling Club have come up with a sign that spells out the law on the birds - that they are not to be eaten.

They want it posted along the side of the Grand Union Canal near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

Groups of Eastern European men have reportedly been poaching the birds and pleading ignorance when confronted.

Club committee member Jo Edwards said her partner, Brett Herdman, had come up with the idea for the sign.

He realised something had to be done after a group of men was seen grappling with a swan on the towpath.

However, it is not just swans the club is concerned about.

Thanks to poaching, the club says, the number of fish is dwindling, and members want action to be taken to protect them.

They hope the swan sign will be put up along the canal by British Waterways, along with similar notices featuring carp.

"We hope and pray the final outcome works in preventing these fish poachings and protecting the swans," Ms Edwards told Sky News.
http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30100-1278922,00.html

I had a friend come back from Ireland and he told me about Polish eating Swans out of the park. I laughed at him, urban myth if I ever saw one. Until now....
 

davek

Old-Salt
#2
as secretary of a local angling club in east anglia i can tell you it is not an urban myth, or the removal of fish either.
 
#5
How completely bizarre...what is it that would attract you to nicking and eating swans? Do they taste particularly nice? Has chicken suddenly become extremely expensive? What is this place coming to when we have groups of hungry immigrants roaming the streets!


Dudders
 
#7
Guess the swans are easier to catch and are meatier than chickens... of course, the chickens are all in coops and protected by angry farmers.

Damned shame...
 
#8
You'd need one hell of an oven .......
 
#9
Bambi said:
You'd need one hell of an oven .......
No, joint and crown it, it fits lovely...I mean it probably would fit lovely...anyone want a couple of bags of swans-do..I mean goose-down?
 
#11
frog_face said:
http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30100-1278922,00.html

I had a friend come back from Ireland and he told me about Polish eating Swans out of the park. I laughed at him, urban myth if I ever saw one. Until now....
Fish getting poached, that must be awfully common. But the Sun ran a very similar story about Eastern European immigrants poaching swans in 2003 that was investigated by the PCC and found to have been fabricated....they ran a retraction (albeit on page 41, about six months after the incident).

I'm not saying it hasn't happened. But I would probably much less cynical of it if the story wasn't being promoted by one of Murdoch's other machines.

Davek, have you witnessed the swan thing yourself?
 
#13
I thought swans were under Royal protection? And only Lizzie was allowed to eat them?
 
#14
predatorplus said:
just out of intrest, not that im going to go and kill, cook and eat one, doesswan taste like chicken or duck?
They taste a bit like Golden Eagles without the talons.
 
#15
Top nosh are Swans! :p The one that bit my arse tasted even better! :D Cheaper that chicken too! :wink:
 
#18
exbleep said:
predatorplus said:
just out of intrest, not that im going to go and kill, cook and eat one, doesswan taste like chicken or duck?
They taste a bit like Golden Eagles without the talons.
More like a salty Osprey if you ask me
 
#19
......... just add fava beans and a nice Chianti .............
 
#20
The dynastic delicacy to which the Crown swears royal allegiance

SWAN meat was a gourmet dish often seen as the magnificent centrepiece for a medieval banquet.

But since those times, when all swans were assigned royal status, it is a dish almost exclusively enjoyed by royals.

The mute swan has been a royal bird since at least 1186 and was formally assigned royal status in the Act of Swans in 1482.

Under the act, any other owners of swans were required to mark their property by way of a succession of nicks in the birds’ beaks.

It was the duty of the Royal Swanmaster to organise the annual swan-upping on the Thames, when the cygnets are rounded up and marked, which survives in symbolic form to this day.

With their royal rank, it became a status symbol to eat swan. It was a tasty ceremonial dish, until superseded by turkey early last century.

Today, the Queen still has ownership of all swans in the UK except in one small corner of the British Isles - the Orkney Isles.

Under Udal Law, the ancient Norse system of inheritance and law, which the Viking settlers brought to Orkney, the swan is the property of the people, rather than the Crown.

The case was proven in 1910 by a Kirkwall lawyer who, accompanied by his friend, the Procurator-Fiscal, went out to Harray Loch and shot a swan. The case went to the High Court and the Crown lost.

Nowadays, Orcadians do not shoot swans, but the principles of the old Norse Udal Law still stand.

The swan is protected across the entire Great Britain by law under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

(plagiarised from the Scotsman)
 

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