Letters: Fort Langley beavers allowed to live in history


Dear Editor,

Kudos to the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals for their construction in Fort Langley of a flow device to help humans live in harmony with beavers, without the need to trap them [Device averts beaver trapping, Oct. 21, Langley Advance].

The flow-through devices allow water to flow around or under a beaver dam.

Kudos to the Township of Langley for finally moving in the direction of having non-lethal solutions, as the municipality of Surrey has done for years.

I hope the Township will proceed with more flow-through devices which will allow beavers to do what they do, which in most in cases is environmentally positive.

The symbol of Fort Langley is, of course, the beaver. 

I hope we have finally reached a point in our history where this creature might finally be appreciated for its beauty and for its awesome strength and engineering capacity, instead of trapping and drowning the adults while the young kits listen to their parents’ final struggle for survival in their underwater den. The video of this scenario is not one you would want to see.

My thanks to Lesley Fox of the Association for the Protection of Fur Bearing Animals, for making this beaver-human cohabitation a reality.

And my thanks to George and Bunty Clements, now deceased but not forgotten, the founders of the association, and their legacy of “ban leg-hold traps.”

Unfortunately, leg-hold traps are legal in Canada to this day.

The battle against the fur trade continues, and the legacy of Geoge and Bunty Clements will forever be remembered in the hearts and minds of those who care.  

Sharon Stephenson, Langley

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