I am writing as your constituent to ask you to sign EDM 1297 to ban the sale of A24 traps in the UK as they kill hedgehogs.


Hedgehog numbers are already dwindling, having fallen by 30% in urban areas and at least 50% in rural areas since 2000. 


A condition of the licence for UK sale is that the trap should not be set up as to trap hedgehogs.  However, anyone can buy the trap, it is unregulated and will be used where hedgehogs can access it. The excluder tunnel is not fitted as standard but available as an added extra, at extra cost.  The British Hedgehog Preservation Society has concerns that the excluder tunnel itself will trap hedgehogs, so they have offered to work with the trap manufacturers to design a tunnel that can be included as standard on the trap and is fit for purpose, but the manufacturers have not responded.


The British Hedgehog Preservation Society are therefore calling on the government to withdraw the licence for the traps.


A briefing on the issue and petition can be found here.


Please would you show your concern and support for British hedgehogs by signing EDM 1297.


Thank you very much if you have done so already.


Yours sincerely