Make Bounties for Beaver Killings a Thing of the Past

Target: Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks, Alberta, Canada

Goal: Put an end to beaver trapping and hunting.

Hundreds of beavers are being killed every year in Canada and their bodies are sold for a measly bounty to local governments. The government claims they are helping control a beaver “nuisance” problem, but they are actually destroying an integral part of the environment.

Beaver dams create wetland habitats for an abundance of wildlife. These habitats slow water flow to reduce erosion and allow beneficial sediment to settle. They also mitigate drought and slow water evaporation. However, these dams are being destroyed along with the beavers’ lodges because they are seen as a blight and irritation.

Beavers’ homes aren’t only destroyed. The animal itself is killed for the castoreum in their tail, or for their furs. Castoreum is an unnecessary ingredient used in cooking. Beaver fur is rarely used these days, yet the skinning of these animals for their pelts is still encouraged and promoted.

These once magnificent creatures that once numbered in the hundreds of millions were hunted to near-extinction and are still being indiscriminately shot and killed. Sign this petition to stop this senseless slaughter that has gone on far too long.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Honourable Nixon,

I am shocked to hear that killing beavers is being promoted in Alberta. It is appalling that these animals are being killed year-round on private land, and that their dams and lodges are also being destroyed.

Besides a shrinking hatter industry, beaver fur is a thing of the past and the Alberta government should not offer bounties on either their skins or tails. These splendid animals once numbered in the hundreds of millions and Alberta should do its part in protecting the struggling beavers.

Beaver dams and lodges should also be protected. The wetlands that are created support an abundance of wildlife, reduce erosion, improve land fertility, mitigate drought, and slow water evaporation. I urge you to stop allowing the destruction of these incredible feats of engineering. Beavers should be considered a benefit to the agricultural landscape instead of a nuisance.

I implore you, as the elected representative, to put an end to the wanton killing and decimation of the beaver species and their accomplishments.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Bouf16

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6 Comments

  1. Beaver 🦫….. Minks…. what the bloody hell is wrong with us Canadians. ??? Shameful!!
    Pathetic our ministers should be voted out these pricks

  2. Beavers are precious and smart. Beaver dams are amazing ecosystems that aren’t a nuisance. Welcome them. Love them. Let them live.

  3. Canadian government!!!! ECOSYSTEM!!!
    I am ashamed of U AS A CANADIAN!!!!
    Shame shame shame on u
    Sooo sorry I voted for U

  4. Evil horrible & shameful! They are not annoying they are precious, beautiful animals who God made & deserve to live!! Leave them alone!

  5. Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks, Alberta, Canada
    Put an end to beaver trapping and hunting.

    Hundreds of beavers are being killed every year in Canada and their bodies are sold for a measly bounty to local governments. The government claims they are helping control a beaver “nuisance” problem, but they are actually destroying an integral part of the environment.

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