The Friends of the UNB Woodlot

June 26, 2008 14:30 ET

UNB Defies Emblem Beavers

Fredericton Citizens Protest University's Killing of Beavers Using Body-Gripping Conibear Traps

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) - The University of New Brunswick, slates over 1500 acres of its forested wetlands for development and uses a device to trap their beavers that has been banned/restricted in 11 US States, West Vancouver, and most recently Surrey,BC. Having learned of the last cull of 24 beavers, The Friends of the UNB Woodlot offered to pay for the pipes and hardware necessary for beaver management and wetlands preservation but UNB administrators declined.

UNB has two very prominent beavers on their emblem holding a book of knowledge with the latin phrase that translates "Dare to be wise".

The group plans to protest with "UNB: Dead is Not Wise" signs in front of the UNB Gates from 7:45-8:45 am Friday, June 27th. They will then march up the short walk to the historic King's College - the first public university in North America - and hand-deliver letters to the President and the Chair, UNB Board of Governors.

"The Conibear trap often clamps onto any part of the animal's body from snout to tail, causing horrendous pain and a slow, agonizing death." says Fann Fannya Eden, Program Coordinator of Fur-Bearer Defenders, Vancouver.

"Kudos to Friends of the UNB Woodlot for working to spare beavers from suffering prolonged, agonizing deaths in body-gripping traps," says PETA's Cruelty Investigations Department Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch.



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Contact Information

  • The Friends of the UNB Woodlot
    Mark D'Arcy and Carla Gunn
    506-454-5119 (Mark)
    506-455-0695 (Carla)