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Saskatchewan beaver derby causes controversy

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Saskatchewan Beaver Derby to continue despite opposition from Vancouver animal rights group – May 3, 2016

REGINA – A Vancouver-based animal rights group is slamming a Saskatchewan trapping group over their 2016 beaver hunt practices.

According to the 2016 Beaver Derby Facebook page, this is the first year for the hunt and it goes until May 10.

The beaver-trapping event is offering a $1,000 cash prize to the trapper who catches the biggest beaver in between April 1 – May 10.

The Saskatchewan Trappers Association says the derby helps eliminate bad hunting practices and teaches others how to utilize the entire animal carcass and fur.

Vancouver-based animal rights organization, The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (The Fur-Bearers), is asking that beaver trapping derby be stopped.

“As regions around the world are desperately trying to reintroduce beavers to help combat droughts, and more evidence is piling up showing the pollution-removing power of beavers, this contest baffles the mind,” Adrian Nelson, Director of Communications for The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (The Fur-Bearers), said.

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“Even without considering the inherently inhumane methodology of beaver trapping, or the harm and suffering it causes beaver family units, this contest is ecological genocide and should be halted immediately.”

The trappers group acknowledged on their Facebook page that Fur-Bearers are trying to get the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment to stop the hunt but they have no plans on stopping the trapping event.

The beaver-trapping event is offering a $1,000 cash prize to the trapper who catches the biggest beaver in between April 1 - May 10. 2016 Beaver Derby / Facebook
The beaver-trapping event is offering a $1,000 cash prize to the trapper who catches the biggest beaver in between April 1 - May 10. 2016 Beaver Derby / Facebook
The beaver-trapping event is offering a $1,000 cash prize to the trapper who catches the biggest beaver in between April 1 - May 10. 2016 Beaver Derby / Facebook
The beaver-trapping event is offering a $1,000 cash prize to the trapper who catches the biggest beaver in between April 1 - May 10. 2016 Beaver Derby / Facebook
The beaver-trapping event is offering a $1,000 cash prize to the trapper who catches the biggest beaver in between April 1 - May 10. 2016 Beaver Derby / Facebook
The beaver-trapping event is offering a $1,000 cash prize to the trapper who catches the biggest beaver in between April 1 - May 10. 2016 Beaver Derby / Facebook

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