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To: Theresa Villiers MP, Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Ban slug pellets that kill hedgehogs and pets

Ban slug pellets that kill hedgehogs and pets

Reinstate ban for the sale and use of posionous slug pellets, containing metaldehyde, keep ban on methiocarb in the UK.

Why is this important?

These pellets kill hedgehogs, birds, amphibians and pets and poison children if eaten. Hedeghogs eat the slugs and die. Cats and dogs have been killed eating these pellets. Children can also be harmed if they eat the pellets. Hedgehogs are likely to be extinct within 15 years. Slug pellets only kill 10% of slugs and there are slug pellets available that only kill slugs. Hedgehogs are a natural predator of the slugs. We need to do all we can to prevent their extinction.


Reasons for signing

  • I have just taken a hedgehog to the vets that has eaten a slug pellet. They tried everything they could to save its life. but it had to be put to sleep. Many years ago I used slug pellets and to my horror cleared the garden of thrushes, frogs toads and hedgehogs. It was devastating.
  • It often frustrates me that metaldehyde is readily sold when the safer, organic pellet is hardly ever seen and is more expensive giving people a false sense of economy. Given how much more effective the organic pellet is at actually killing slugs, the higher cost still works out cheaper and won't harm pets and wildlife.
  • I would like other poisons. As with slug pellets, rat poison. Animals that feed from the dead carcass do get secondary poisoning.


2019-03-19 01:13:23 +0000

Natalie here again, SUCCESS! It Back in December Michael Gove agreed to ban Metaldehyde from spring 2020! It seems he listened! Thankyou to all who helped with this crucial campaign.

2018-03-22 18:42:09 +0000

My MP tabled a written parliamentary question and 2 government agencies are doing a scientific assessment of the eff ct on birds and mammals. progress! If you have a personal story of the bad effects of these pellets on animals and birds please email your MP with it and ask him/her to pass it on to Health and Safety executive and UK Expert Committee on Pesticides referencing WPQ 133334 Department for the Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs.

2018-03-15 18:17:31 +0000

I, Anne Wood, have just emailed Micheal Gove asking him to consider this petition. Maybe he will listen.

2017-05-15 00:15:58 +0100

Tests have been done. It kills wildlife. Autopsies are costly and uneccasary

2017-05-14 21:54:37 +0100

The regulatory level of Metaldehyde stipulated by the European Union’s Water Framework Directive is 0.1 micrograms per litre (or parts per billion) in treated water. This is the same as one drop in an Olympic sized swimming pool. Levels in reservoirs in our region regularly exceed this and removing it is not currently possible.

2017-05-14 12:54:31 +0100

My name is Natalie, I have taken over campaign from Anne, who has already put some great work in and made some great contacts and collected over 5,000 sinatures. I'm hoping to take campaign further over the next few months. If you feel you can help in anyway please contact me on [email protected], twitter of facebook.

2017-04-17 09:10:28 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2017-03-02 17:31:56 +0000

Methiocarb (mostly used commercially) is banned by the EU. Hope this does not change. I've done all I can to try and get methaldehyde banned. If anyone wants to try and take it further, get in touch.

2016-11-24 10:30:26 +0000

Written to DEFRA To ask what we need do to get these banned. Getting a high number of autopsysies to prove that these pellets kill animals is not possible.

2016-11-02 10:30:39 +0000

Plus 22 signatures on paper. Thanks Alexis.

2016-11-01 15:57:05 +0000

Sending lots of emails requesting help regarding proof and contacted my Mp too. Finding other research into metaldehyde in the water supply but none on animals, wildlife. Some national agencies do not reply. A long hard struggle.

2016-10-06 16:06:14 +0100

3,000 plus, long way to go yet. Keep signing. 📢

2016-10-06 16:03:45 +0100

If you have a hedgehog website you can embed the link to the petition on it so that it always available for people to see.

2016-10-06 15:48:18 +0100

I can provide a paper petition by post or a PDF file by email for you to print to get more signatures. Anne Wood

2016-09-26 22:12:30 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-09-26 17:46:18 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-09-26 07:51:16 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-09-13 13:34:21 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-09-13 06:04:15 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-09-08 20:29:29 +0100

10 signatures reached