Hedgehogs: Conservation

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th November 2018.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will (a) publish a response to EDM 1297 on banning A24 traps that kill hedgehogs and (b) make an assessment of the potential merits of withdrawing the licence for A24 rat traps that kill hedgehogs.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I have previously responded to the issue raised in EDM 1297 in PQ 138359 17/19 and also directly with various members of Parliament via ministerial correspondence.

The trap is not approved for trapping hedgehogs. We are confident that hedgehogs can be effectively and safely excluded from the Goodnature A24 trap when it is set according to manufacturer’s instructions and an excluder tunnel is (as required by law) used. We are also not aware of any evidence which suggests the A24 trap and excluder tunnels used with it have had any significant impact on hedgehog numbers since its approval.

The use of traps is an important tool in wildlife management, which benefits conservation and a range of economic activities from shooting and agriculture to forestry and eco-tourism. Approving new, more humane and selective trap designs benefits wildlife by improving the welfare of trapped animals and the safety of non-target species.

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