Updated: Apr 5
Yesterday the British Hedgehog Preservation Society were made aware of an awful website seeming to sell 'Hedgehog Killer'. The BHPS are doing all they can to find out more and get the pages taken down. They have reported it to Action Fraud and DEFRA and been in touch with the RSPCA. They will now contact with the police and government ministers and continue to look at what else can be done to get this taken down.
How can we help?
We ask you to email your MP, asking them to condemn the company in question. We have provided a simple template for you to copy below.
To find the contact details of your local MP, click here.
Dear [insert MP name],
My name is [insert your name] and I’m a constituent of [insert your constituency]. I am writing to you today to gain your support in the protection of one our most iconic native species; the hedgehog.
I urge you to publicly condemn the sale of Ferber Paint’s range of bait pellets aimed at many protected UK species, including their ‘Hedgehog Killer’ bait pellets which are currently available to purchase from their UK website https://www.ferberpainting.co.uk/collections/pest-control.
Since 2000 hedgehog numbers in the UK have plummeted by between 30-75% in rural areas and are on listed as vulnerable to extinction in the UK, as detailed in the 2022 State of Britain’s Hedgehogs report, compiled by People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
Schedule 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 makes it illegal to kill or capture wild hedgehogs using certain methods. They are also listed under the Wild Mammals Protection Act (1996), which prohibits cruel treatment of Hedgehogs are also a species of ‘principal importance’ under the NERC Act, and public bodies have a duty of responsibility towards the hedgehog.
[optional sentences/paragraph about why you think this is important and why you love hedgehogs]
Please help safeguard hedgehogs by publicly condemning the sale of Ferber Paint’s ‘Hedgehog Killer’ and other wildlife baits.
[add your name and post code]