Target: The Right Honorable Owen Paterson, minister of England’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Goal: Prevent wild beavers from being captured and held in captivity
A small family of three wild beavers has recently been spotted living along a river in Devon, England. This discovery is particularly remarkable because wild beavers were essentially hunted to extinction five hundred years ago for their pelts. These animals have not lived in the wild for centuries, and it is believed that the members of this little family are descendants of escapees.
The beavers are comfortably settling into their new home, but England’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs plans to capture them and remove them from the river, forcing them back into captivity because of concerns that they will dam the river on which they are presently living. Some claim they are concerned that the reintroduction of the species will have a negative effect on the surrounding environment. But five hundred years is not enough time for an environment to change very drastically, and a tiny family of beavers will either thrive or be naturally selected. Furthermore, animal species are frequently reintroduced, by humans, into their previous habitats. The only difference here is that the beavers surprised the humans with their ingenuity.
If the beavers are removed from their new habitat, it will mark the second time in history that this wild species has been thwarted by human intervention. Derek Gow, a proponent of beaver reintroduction, has said, “this will be the first time in history that we have exterminated a native mammal twice, setting an extraordinary historical precedent.”
Please sign this petition in support of the reintroduction of beavers to their native habitat, and ask England’s Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs to support this reintroduction and allow these wild beavers to live peacefully.
Dear Right Honorable Owen Paterson,
Please allow the family of three beavers recently discovered on the Otter River in Devon to remain in their natural habitat. Humans had no right to intervene in the wild community of beavers five hundred years ago, and we should not be continuing to disrupt them now.
Beavers do not belong in captivity, and the reintroduction of this species in the wild is a natural progression. If the beavers are not accepted into the community, nature will take its course. We should not force it.
Please protect, but do not remove, the beavers on the Otter River in Devon.
Image Credit: Makedocreative via Wikimedia Commons