Petition Make Hedgehogs a Protected Species

We, the undersigned, call on the government to make hedgehogs an officially protected species and to limit activities which may disturb, degrade or destroy their habitats. This petition is put forth on the following grounds:

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∙ Hedgehog numbers have dropped from 30 million in the 1950s to fewer than 1 million today
∙ Populations have fallen by at least 50% in rural areas and 30% in urban areas since 2000
∙ Trends show an ongoing decline of about 5% per year nationally
∙ Decline is largely due to habitat loss and fragmentation as hedgerow removal and new development projects isolate populations

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