We need your help!
A trap intended for vermin has been licensed by DEFRA but, in its present form, the trap represents a danger to any passing hedgehog. Sadly a recent petition did not reach the 100,000 signatures required to prompt discussions in parliament about the A24 trap and the concerns we have about it killing hedgehogs.
We are asking for your continued support on this; Ruth George (MP for High Peak) has set up an Early Day Motion (EDM) for MPs to sign (EDM1297 – you can view it online at www.parliament.uk/edm/2017- 9/1297).
Please would you write and ask your MP to sign it. You can look up your MP and their email address at www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps.
(If you’re not sure of the wording then contact BHPS on 01584 890801 who will give you some suggested wording.)
There is an additional petition which you can find at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/our-hedgehogs-need-help.
Also a link to e-mail Michael Gove direct which can be found at https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/hedgehog-traps-speakout-24-04
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