Tell Bush to Pardon the Beaver!
- PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk fired off a letter to President Bush after
learning that a hatmaker in Greeley, Colorado, has been commissioned to
create a beaver-fur cowboy hat for his January 20th inauguration ceremony (to read
the letter, click here).
Beavers are gentle, inquisitive, family-oriented animals who mate for life
and remain friends with their children. Beavers can live to be 20 years old
and are expert architects—their complex, sturdy lodges can stand for years. They
constantly maintain their homes, taking obvious pride in their work, and are
even known to enjoy flute music. Female beavers are especially busy as they
care for their young while also looking after their rambunctious “teenagers.”
Body-gripping traps used to kill beavers cause them immeasurable suffering.
In many cases, the traps fail to catch on target. If the traps do not kill
the beavers immediately, they drown slowly, suffering for an excruciating 20
minutes while their family stands by helplessly. Death by drowning is extremely
cruel—even the American Veterinary Medical Association condemns it—and such
torturous treatment of a dog or cat would merit charges of cruelty to
Please inform President Bush that you object to killing beavers and other
animals for fur. He and his family share the White House with two companion
dogs, Barney and Miss Beazley. Politely remind the president that beavers feel
pain just as these dogs do and that all animals deserve our compassion, not
just the ones with whom we live.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
202-456-1111 (White House comment line)
Visit FurIsDead.com for more information on why wearing fur is cruel.
The average number of lives
saved by a vegetarian
in one year
(I've saved 1,209 lives. How many have YOU saved?)
feeding plants to animals
then eating the animals
is like filtering water through a sewer
and then drinking it
Humans aren't the only species on earth,
we just act like it.
“Meat is dirty. I wouldn't touch a hot dog without a condom on it.”
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