Please Sign this Petition Against Hedgehog Trap Approval in the UK

Hi Everyone, 

DEFRA has approved the use of the A24 trap in England (pending in Wales and Scotland).
The traps are sold in New Zealand where hedgehogs are non-native and considered to be pests.

In the UK hedgehogs may not be trapped without a licence, which means that if a trap is set to catch a rat and it accidentally catches a hedgehog, then the person setting the trap may be prosecuted.
Therefore, anyone setting the trap must, by law, take all reasonable precautions to avoid catching a hedgehog.
However, there are not many reasonable precautions that can be taken and there will be no-one to oversee how the traps are used.

The Government's response to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society was that they do not think they need to reconsider their approval because the trap is only licenced for use on rats, not on hedgehogs.
A condition of the licence for UK sale is that the trap should be set so as not to catch hedgehogs.
However, anyone can purchase these traps, they are unregulated and unchecked, and will be used where hedgehogs will be able to access it.
The Government also say that a hedgehog excluder tunnel is available at extra cost, however the tunnel is made from wire and the BHPS believe that it itself trap hedgehogs.

In November 2017, BHPS contacted the UK distributor of the trap GoodNature UK (a rather ironic name I thought!), offering to help develop a better exclusion tunnel and to fit a tunnel as standard rather than an optional extra.
So far they have received no reply.

Please sign this petition against the use of these traps:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/206274

At 100,000 signatures, the petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.

You can also contact your local MP, showing your support for the petition.

More info here about it on the British Hedgehog Preservation Society website:
http://https//www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/a24-rat-stoat-hedgehog-trap/

and on the GoodNature UK website - who say they are commited to saving hedgehogs....
https://goodnaturetraps.co.uk/

Thank you to all who sign.
pbff

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