Thanks for the info.
The manufacturers compare the A24 to other traps which could kill hedgehogs and sadly it’s true some could, but that is completely missing the point. They claim that a trap can kill 24 animals before needing a replacement canister. They clearly don’t know anything about hedgehogs. We all know how many hedgehogs can be attracted to our feeding stations in one night. the same number could be attracted to one of these traps in one night. A whole local population could be wiped out in a very short space of time.
In addition, when I looked at their website, it was clear that it was an optional extra to purchase the tunnel (and the tunnel is problematical, itself), therefore they are selling the trap unadapted. Also why did they not approach experts for advice on how to design a more suitable tunnel. The tunnel is a death trap for hedgehogs. They can get into it and cannot reverse out, getting trapped by their spines, so would be left to starve, particularly as it is made clear that this trap wouldn’t need to be checked on a regular basis.
We all know well how easily hedgehogs can squeeze through very small spaces, but clearly the makers of the trap and DEFRA don’t.
The A24 trap is a disaster for hedgehogs. Why else is the very same trap used in New Zealand to kill hedgehogs.
Please sign the Petition everyone. It is so important for our hogs.