Who Owns Wild Swans in the UK?

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gf131221schotts.jpgBen Schott, author of Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany, tells a fascinating tale that could only happen in Britain. In 2005, Master of the Queen's music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, was accused of breaking the law when he plucked and began curing a swan that had electrocuted itself by flying into electrical wires. It appears that all swans in England belong to the Queen, so the eating of swans and the owning of swans is illegal.