Ban the trapping and killing of beaver in the city of Ottawa, Canada
  • Petitioned Mayor Jim Watson

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Mayor Jim Watson
Councillor Shad Qadri

Ban the trapping and killing of beaver in the city of Ottawa, Canada

    1. Petition by

      Anita Utas

      Stittsville, Canada

The City of Ottawa is refusing to consider well-established, cost-effective, humane solutions for the beaver who have taken up residence in a large urban pond. They maintain that there is a danger of flooding because this is a storm water pond, but so far, the beaver are not damming anything, or blocking the culverts. They are simply building a lodge to overwinter, on the bank of the pond.

Due to rapid urban expansion, animals like these beaver are losing their habitats at a very fast pace. Therefore, they are trying to find places to live, and some find homes in our urban areas. Studies show that beaver are beneficial for the water they inhabit. Their presence removes sediments and pollutants from waterways, including total suspended solids, total nitrogen, phosphates, carbon and silicates. They maintain a healthy environment for fish, turtles and frogs to thrive.

The City can install simple water flow devices at the culverts, which would alleviate flooding concerns. Pond leveller devices and beaver bafflers are other cost effective simple technologies that other cities have already implemented. A company called Beaver Solutions works with municipalities throughout North America in providing cost-efficient and effective solutions, as an alternative to the senseless destruction of beavers, not to mention the great waste of tax dollars.

The beaver will be trapped with a Conibear, a body grip trap that crushes the animal to death. Depending on the size of the animal and how it enters the trap, it could take minutes or up to an hour or more to die. Besides being clearly inhumane, there is the issue of public safety. This pond is frequented daily by children playing at the water's edge. People walk their dogs on the path that runs around the pond. In Guelph, the Conibear has been banned because a dog was killed when it was trapped.

Why can't Ottawa adopt these humane, long term solutions? Why is Ottawa using a 19th century solution for a 21st century problem? The City is taking a reactive response rather than one based on prevention and compassion. We can't continue to trap and/or poison the wildlife that ends up trying to find new homes in our cities. What the city has to realize is that this is an issue that will not go away. As we destroy the beaver’s natural habitat, they will find other places to live, often in our city ponds and streams. If we trap and kill the beaver in these ponds, others will come.

Please sign this important petition and help move Ottawa into the 21st century of humane wildlife management!

"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace." —Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician (Nobel 1952)

Photo by Chuck Szmurlo

 

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    1. Decision made to stop this petition

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      It has been decided that due to the positive outcome from the rally and public pressure which resulted in the suspension of the trapping and killing of the two beaver in Stittsville, AND the statement Mayor Jim Watson made, along with Councillor Qadri, that they will put the plans for a progressive, humane wildlife strategy on the front burner, we will stop this petition. This is a very positive first step towards necessary and critical changes for how Ottawa deals with wildlife. It came about because of concerned, compassionate people like you, who signed and shared this petition. Thank you!

    2. A small victory, but pressure is still needed!

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      First, we have reached 1700 signatures!! Thank you to all who have signed this petition! Yesterday, the Mayor announced that the trapping/killing of the two beaver in the Stittsville pond has been suspended. The City will be looking into humane, progressive and long term solutions for beaver living in our ponds. However, this is a suspension, which means it is not permanent. And, the rest of the beaver in our City continue to be trapped and die agonizing deaths. I want to keep the pressure on the City to place a moratorium on ALL trapping and killing of beaver in our city. It is hypocritical to save two and let the others suffer and die. Thank you!

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. Please attend the demonstration on Thursday, Nov 10th, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      There will be a demonstration "Stop the trapping and killing of beaver in Ottawa" at the Human Rights monument, Elgin Street at Lisgar, this Thursday, from noon to 1 pm. Please attend if you can, we need a huge turnout to show the Mayor and City Councillors that they must adopt humane, progressive solutions for the presence of beaver in our ponds and streams.

    5. 1,000 signatures!

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for signing and sharing this petition, don't forget to share it at work, at school, with everyone! We have reached 1,000 signatures extremely quickly, which tells me that this issue is very important to so many people. I hope we can get a lot more support and keep the signatures coming!

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. 500 signatures in just one and half days!

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep sharing this petition! We have quickly gathered 500 signatures and comments from all over the world. Mamma beaver Lily and her yearling Lucky are still alive in the pond in Stittsville, but the trapper showed up last night under cover of darkness, to scope their lodge on the side of the pond. The clock is ticking. It is critical that we rally together and save the beaver in this pond and all waterways in the City of Ottawa. Thank you!

    8. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Raphael Morin OTTAWA, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      We disrespect animals too much as it is.

      Why can"t we start living with nature, instead of against it?

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    • Patricia Betty ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      We dont own this planet, we share it. Find a way round your problem without harming the beavers They have as much right to be there as you do

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    • Rowena Lawrence INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      These animals have a right to be there, the people are displacing these cute animals. I'm furious at the way living creatures are being treated all over the world, the US included.Something is wrong with these people that want to hunt, trap, cage and kill them in the most horrible ways.All these creatures deserve to live, but the sellers, hunters, and anyone that would hurt or abuse any animal doesn't deserve that option in my book.

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    • Clare Deucher ASHBURNHAM, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      There are more humane ways of 'dealing' with beaver activity!

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    • CAROL WATERMAN CANDIAC, QUEBEC, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      STOP KILLING OUR ANIMALS !!

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