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Beavers who are simply trying to eke out an existence in Longs, South Carolina, are being targeted by a contracted trapper reportedly hired by The Park at Long Bay Homeowners Association. Killing or otherwise removing beavers is ineffective, as those who remain will then breed at accelerated rates while inevitable newcomers will arrive to take advantage of the still-available resources. Furthermore, devices typically used to capture and kill beavers—Conibear traps—cause the terrified victims immense suffering as they're slowly crushed or drowned (which, for beavers, can take more than 15 agonizing minutes). Steel-jaw traps and snares cause victims to struggle for prolonged periods until they drown or slowly suffocate. Trapped animals who don't die in these ways eventually succumb to dehydration, starvation, or shock. Such traps are indiscriminate, as well, posing risks to "nontarget" victims, including protected wildlife and companion animals.
PETA has apprised Waccamaw Management, the association's contracted management company, of the cruelty and futility of this plan and provided details regarding effective and humane beaver-control methods—but now it's your turn! Please politely urge Waccamaw Management and The Park at Long Bay Homeowners Association officials to scrap the reported effort to kill these wild animals, who are simply trying to make their way.