There has been a gov response posted on the petition page:https://petition.parliament.uk/petition ... sponse=yes
So, basically, the only criteria in the assessment for licensing was that it is humane and its class is 'spring trap.' I'm assuming a lot here but there doesn’t seem to be any distinction between the A24 and a mousetrap - no recognition of the potential for unmonitored, continuous misuse. It should be used in such a way (a tube is suggested) to exclude non-target animals. If the makeshift 'tube' (doesn’t come fitted to the licensed device - you’ve got to improvise that yourself) falls away after a week in the wild then it will run for the next 25 weeks indiscriminately bumping off anything that shows an interest.
Doesn’t matter how you look at it - life just got a lot riskier for small 'non-target' species as a whole! Has anyone ever got prosecuted for killing a hedgehog I wonder?
"No spring trap is approved for use against hedgehogs as under section 11 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is an offence, unless under and in accordance with the terms of a licence, to use any trap or snare for the purpose of killing or taking a hedgehog or to set in position any trap or snare in such a way so as to be calculated to cause bodily injury to a hedgehog."
Well that just sounds like "wilful" damage - quite difficult to prove that a thing was "calculated" or was "wilful"
Reminds me of the joke
'...but y'honour, the knife just slipped.'
Yep, 20 times - maybe more, who knows.
Sorry folks, no point ranting here - will repeat this to my MP.
Sorry, again, to go on about this but - a main selling point is that the kills are removed by predators. So why would you have the prey crawl up a tube and block it when they die? Anyone who uses this device will be tempted to buy the add on 'hit' counter and wont dilute its success rate by adding a extra puzzle to the trap or mess up its repeat performance. Its designed and marketed to be very effective without any species selection and that is the way it will be used.