The Scottish SPCA appeal for information after beaver is found shot

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a beaver carcass was found on a riverbank between Crieff and Comrie in Perthshire.

Beaver

We are appealing for information after a beaver carcass was found on a riverbank between Crieff and Comrie in Perthshire.

Our special investigations unit (SIU) was alerted to the dead beaver which was found to be pregnant with developing kits.

Undercover SIU chief inspector said, “We can confirm we are investigating a report of a deceased pregnant beaver which had been killed in a manner that caused significant unnecessary suffering.”

“Legislation to protect beavers was put in place on 1 May and outlines that as a way of minimising the impact on land use in some areas, the culling of beavers can be carried out  by licensed and trained persons using humane methods which avoid unnecessary suffering and gives due regard to animal welfare. 

“The beaver was shot and could be proven to have suffered significantly before being killed.

“The legislation states that all attempts should be made to protect the entire family group and avoid lethal control during pregnancy or kit dependency period.

“We want to ensure the welfare of beavers in the wild and any dependent young they may have.

“Beavers are a fascinating species, capable of the intricate engineering of dams and they can have a positive impact on their surrounding environment and ecosystem. 

“The Scottish SPCA will be investigating all reports of the killing of beavers where welfare has been compromised.  If anyone has any information, please phone our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

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