We’re celebrating The Beaver today – but not the one we usually write about.
The Oakville Beaver, an award-winning community newspaper in the Toronto suburb of Oakville, has written in recent days of a series of unfortunate – and disturbing – trapping incidents.
In brief, homeowners struggling to live peacefully with raccoons reached out to someone online who said, for a small cash payment, they could rid the homeowners of their wildlife woes. What these homeowners didn’t know is that this individual would use traps – specifically leg-hold and Conibears.
The Oakville & Milton Humane Society received numerous calls and took in – and unfortunately had to euthanize some of – these wild animals after they were found caught by the horrific traps. It is a story we are all too familiar with here at APFA.
In what is a truly remarkable twist, the local media took up the story with zeal. Usually, trappers are interviewed, the AIHTS is held up for praise and the story disappears. The Oakville Beaver did not take that route.
Speaking with the OMHS, the truth about traps was revealed: they are indiscriminate and inherently cruel. They noted that the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources was investigating possible breaches of trap regulations. And, in what is truly spectacular, they recommended an out-right ban of the devices across the province.
We want to offer our highest praise to reporter David Lea and The Oakville Beaver for their honest and honourable articles and editorials. They represent what is great about the Town of Oakville, and wildlife lovers everywhere.