Save our hedgehogs

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The hedgehog population of the U.K. has plummeted from about 50 million to only one or two million in 50 years. According to both Brian May and Steve Backshall, in their recent documentary 'Meet the hedgehogs', one of the biggest single causes of this is the use by gardeners of slug-pellets to kill slugs and snails. Because hedgehogs naturally eat slugs and snails, but when hedgehogs unwittingly try eating any slugs or snails that have been poisoned by slug-pellets, then they also get poisoned. So gardeners may be largely responsible for the hedgehog population crash, themselves. And the irony is that if gardeners stopped using slug-pellets TODAY, then our surviving hedgehogs would get rid of many of the slugs and snails for them... for free!

Please sign this petition to DEFRA to ban the use of slug-pellets NOW, before it's too late to save our hedgehogs from extinction. We did it when we banned the use of neonicotinoid pesticides that were driving our bees to extinction, so now it's time to save the hedgehog (:-)

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