ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Let other Girl Scouts make bird feeders out of Clorox bottles and glue together little birch-bark canoes - Troop 34 in Alaska is learning to trap and skin beavers. In a practice that has angered animal rights activists, the girls are killing the beavers as part of a state flood-management program.Beavers build dams, dams cause floods. What would PETA like the poor girls to do? Host a sensitivity seminar for the beavers to teach them that building dams threatens humans' natural habitat?
"We think it sends a very, very bad message that when animals cause a problem you kill them," said Stephanie Boyles of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Out of good taste, I'm going to refrain from making any of the obvious jokes about Girl Scouts, beavers, dams, &c.