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    for 10 ways you can help hedgehogs in Hedgehog Awareness Week.

    And don’t forget to try to collect signatures for the Petition

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    Hi Nic,

    Do you know if our ‘Species Champion’ and parliamentary representative Chris Grayling has got anything lined up this week for Hedgehog Awareness week?
    Perhaps he could promote the petition and get behind it in readiness for any debate? Have BHPS asked for his support on it do you know?

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    Hi Jan-Marie

    No, I don’t know if Chris Grayling is doing anything for Hedgehog Awareness Week. I imagine BHPS will be in contact with him if there is a debate in parliament re. the trap. The worrying thing is the 38 degrees petition has slowed right down about 3,000 short of target. I hope they have something else up their sleeve. I was hoping they might reach the target in Hedgehog Awareness Week. The gov. petition has been going up a bit today, but a long way to go still.


    Hi Nic,

    I do think the magic wand in standing any chance of getting both these petitions over the line, is by getting them in the right vehicle. By that I mean promoted by the people we know have empathy for hedgehog plight, and the public recognition at the same time.
    I have myself contacted Chris Grayling – who said he wasn’t keen on the traps (?). I’ve also reached out to Hugh Fernley Whittingstall and Hugh Warwick (who I know has said something already on the matter – but no harm in another soap box and another corner I say). I sent a request to help to Brian May – a reknown Hedgehog advocat – runs his own Hedgehog Hospital?
    No responses from the Hughs or Brian – but I’ve not given up hope of some onboarding from any of them.
    I sent an e-mail to the BBC Breakfast programme asking them to do a feature on it – again no response – yet.
    My son contacted Chris Packham – no response – yet.

    Could / would Tiggywinkles be able and or willing to do something here to help promote both petitions? they would get a lot of public attention and buy in.
    Could / would Fay Vass of BHPS be able to get a TV slot on it to promote hedgehog awareness week?
    Has anybody else any thoughts on a suitable promotion tactic that could be used – as you say – time is running out and appetite for another run at it would just likely run out of energy.

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    Hi Jan Marie,

    I think Fay and BHPS have been doing a fair bit of promotion re. the petition, etc. including the thunderclap. For some reason that didn’t get as good a response as I was hoping. I wonder whether it is not all that easily understandable what the problem is. There are other traps around which can catch hedgehogs if not suitably located, etc. The difference with this one is that it can kill hedgehogs on a more industrial scale. Chucking them out and resetting itself, so that a population could be wiped out quite rapidly. Also the fact that it is used intentionally to kill hedgehogs in New Zealand. It is not easy to explain all that and the legal aspect, etc. in a short way.

    When the petition was started the first time (before the general election), I seem to recall people like Brian May and Chris Packham supporting it. Now, as you mention, Brian May is involved with an animal rescue, which started another petition re. hedgehogs whilst this one was still running. Not the best idea, I didn’t think as, rather than people just signing both, they appeared to compete. But Chris Packham has supported the Hedgehog Awareness Week thunderclap and last time I looked (if I interpreted it correctly) the message re. that had been retweeted over 800 times. That may have contributed to the petition going up in the last couple of days. They were directed to BHPS site where they would hopefully see about the petition.

    The 38 degrees petition was started by an individual – I believe a BHPS member who didn’t know the other one had been started again. I don’t know why it has stalled, but only needs 3,000 to reach the target of 200,000. Fay might know, but I don’t like to disturb her in Hedgehog Awareness Week, as I expect she is extremely busy. Maybe we should publicise that on the Forum more now(?) although a lot of people will already have seen about it and it might just become too confusing when we are still promoting the ‘parliament’ one. Also they may have access to more potential ‘signers’ but be planning a particular timing, or something.

    The problem is that if the 48,000 people registered on Hedgehog Street (who you would assume had an empathy with hedgehogs) haven’t signed the BHPS ‘parliament’ petition (which they clearly haven’t all), what hope is there for it! I have been doing my best to make sure it is fairly prominent. I expect some are fed up with the sight of it by now! But, there are new people coming onto the Forum all the time, so you never know when someone might see it and sign.

    As I have said many times before, if everyone just got at least 5 others to sign (which is really easily do-able) the total would be reached in no time.


    Hi Jan-Marie, Nic,

    You’re doing a fantastic job Jan-Marie; it’s a shame that you haven’t had any responses yet, but I suppose that they are very busy people. If the BBC or some other station would just give it an airing, then I’m sure that it could still make the 100,000 signatures necessary. All we can do is keep plugging away and hope that someone somewhere with a massive media/social media presence takes up the cause in the short time left.

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