PE01815: Translocate protected beavers to reduce licensed killing

Environment Energy

Petitioner: Steve Micklewright on behalf of Trees for Life


Date Lodged: 27 August 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to initiate a programme to translocate protected beavers to suitable habitat outside existing beaver range, to minimise the need to kill animals adversely impacting arable farmland. 

Petition History:

This petition has now been referred to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. You can view any further updates on this petition on the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee's webpage 


1 October 2020: The Committee agreed to refer the petition to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee under Rule 15.6.2 of Standing Orders. Link to the Official Report of Meeting 1 October 2020  

Written submissions

PE1815/A: Scottish Government submission of 19 August 2020 (101KB pdf)

PE1815/B Petitioner submission of 10 September 2020 (570KB pdf)

There is absolutely no need to slaughter valuable British forna for the saving of minimal funds.

Benjamin Edwards

23:57 on 27 Aug 2020

Why? Having brought this animal to encourage the natural habitat they live and to promote the way these little industrial animals benefit the area and other wildlife....senseless killings....

Debora Malt

23:42 on 27 Aug 2020

Beavers are a native mammal - they belong here and provide important ecosystem services. Killing is a brutal, unintelligent management option. Please relocate them if really necessary instead.

Jane Mason

22:56 on 27 Aug 2020

Move not kill, learn to live with nature!


22:52 on 27 Aug 2020

Stop killing healthy animals. Move them if they are a problem.

Nigel Woolsey

22:46 on 27 Aug 2020

With proper Organization planning communication education, these animals can co exist and benefit the local environment -rather than going back in time. Why is there slaughtering beavers to extinction again.. Good leadership is key, where is it?

Tessa Timmis

22:39 on 27 Aug 2020

Beavers have only just been reintroduced and have been proved beneficial to their habitats. They are a protected species. Why are farmers being allowed to get away with this? They cannot be overrun with beaver populations already.

Jay Friedlander

22:30 on 27 Aug 2020

I understand that Cheshire are reintroducing beavers over a five year period. Could some of the beavers be moved here? Just a thought. There may be other areas in UK also?

Lynda Smith

22:26 on 27 Aug 2020

This is IMPORTANT. We live and depend on an ecosystem in which beavers are essential. Rehabit all beavers, they are as priceless as the ecosystem we rely on.

Kate Shaw

22:18 on 27 Aug 2020

Wildlife is already under serious threat, unnecessary slaughter like this will only make this worse.

Liz Gaffer

22:10 on 27 Aug 2020

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