PETA Persuades Washington Metro to Spare Beavers

October 2002

When PETA discovered that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) planned to hire a trapper to kill a new colony of beavers in a creek near a metro station, we immediately contacted the agency with information on nonlethal alternatives. In late August, representatives from PETA and the Humane Society of the United States met with WMATA’s staff to evaluate the site and discuss potential, long-term solutions. In October, a beaver expert worked with WMATA staff to install an exclusion device to prevent beavers from damming the area. Read more about trapping.


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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind