Urgent Action Needed: DEFRA has recently approved the use of the A24 trap in England and we are very concerned
The traps are sold to kill hedgehogs (amongst other species), in New Zealand where hedgehogs are a non-native and considered a ‘pest’ species. Following DEFRA approval, the traps can now be used in the UK (pending in Wales and Scotland).
Here, hedgehogs are a protected species through being listed on Schedule 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Explicitly they may not be trapped without a licence. This means that if a trap is set, albeit intended for something else, and it catches a hedgehog, then the person who set the trap can be prosecuted. Anyone setting traps for ‘vermin’ or non-protected species is obliged to take all reasonable precautions to avoid catching a protected species, since there are no ‘reasonable precautions’ to avoid catching hedgehogs using this trap, anyone who sets them is at risk of prosecution if they catch a hedgehog. It is no defence in law to say that the catch was unintentional.
We call on DEFRA to withdraw approval of the use of these traps immediately so that they are not able to impact upon our already dwindling hedgehog population.
What can you do? Please sign our petition here, calling for the Government to withdraw its approval of this trap. The deadline is 1st June.
If you would like to make your voice heard, alongside ours, please contact the minister responsible directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by post:
Dr Thérèse Coffey,
17 Smith Square,
London SW1P 3JR
As well as this, try contacting your local MP about this issue. Thanks for helping hedgehogs!
Make Hedgehogs a protected species
Please sign the petition using this link calling upon the government to make hedgehogs an officially protected species and to limit activities which may disturb, degrade or destroy their habitats. This petition is put forth on the following grounds:
- Hedgehog numbers have dropped from approximately 36 million in the 1950s to fewer than 1 million today
- Populations have fallen by at least 50% in rural areas and 30% in urban areas since 2000
- Trends show an ongoing decline of about 5% per year nationally
- Decline is largely due to habitat loss and fragmentation as hedgerow removal and new development projects isolate hedgehog populations
The government responds to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures and if the petition achieves more than 100,000 signatures it will be considered for debate in parliament.
Click here and follow the instructions to sign the petition.
Please send this link https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/209872 to as many of your family, friends and work colleagues as possible so we can reach the 100,000 target and the topic will be considered for debate in parliament.
Ban the sale and use of poisionous slug pellets containing metaldehyde, keep ban on methiocarb in the UK.
Why is this important?
These pellets kill hedgehogs, birds, amphibians and pets and poison children if eaten. Hedeghogs eat the slugs and die. Cats and dogs have been killed eating these pellets. Children can also be harmed if they eat the pellets. Hedgehogs are likely to be extinct within 15 years. Slug pellets only kill 10% of slugs and there are slug pellets available that only kill slugs. Hedgehogs are a natural predator of the slugs. We need to do all we can to prevent their extinction.
Follow the link here for the Slug Pellet Petition