Stop Harming Hedgehogs

European Hedgehog Mother and Child

Target: Royal Mail Group Ltd. CEO Moya Greene

Goal: Stop Royal Mail postmen from dropping rubber bands that cause harm to hedgehogs

Royal Mail Group Ltd. is a Universal Postal Service Provider founded in the UK. When postmen deliver mail to homes, they discard the rubber band around the mail on the ground. Hedgehogs then become tangled around the bands that dig deep into their organs as they grow and cause infections that ultimately result in amputation to save their lives. If the infection is too severe, then it is often fatal. In some cases, the band has dug so deeply into the hedgehog’s rib bones it has cut into its lungs. Sadly, many hedgehogs and other wildlife are killed each year due to these carelessly discarded rubber bands.

The charity Keep Britain Tidy has criticized Royal Mail postal managers and demanded them to cut down on their use of the bands, which are not only killing wildlife but also littering the streets of Britain. The items were found on at least eight percent of the streets surveyed by the charity, and in 2009, citizens had collected more than 13,000 of the bands from front gardens and pavements. Two million of these bands are used each day and many end up as litter on the ground. Fiona Ashurst, a member of the Keep Britain Tidy charity, stated, “By pocketing the rubber bands to use again, not only will this help to keep our streets clean, it will save the Royal Mail money as well.”

Please sign this petition to urge Royal Mail Group Ltd. to get rid of the rubber bands and find an alternative to keeping mail organized for delivery.


Dear Moya Greene,

Please stop producing the rubber bands that tie your mail together. The bands are a large source of litter to communities and are a threat to wildlife. If this cannot be done, your postmen should at the very least discard the bands properly in the trash to protect hedgehogs from becoming tangled in the bands. They could also be obligated to return the bands so they can be reused. It is important to educate your employees to stop littering for the sake of the animals and your community.

I urge you to consider the alternatives to keep the community clean and to protect wildlife.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Filip B via Wikimedia

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  1. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

    • Patricia PERRON says:

      …and don’t forget,

      “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.”

      – Albert Einstein

  2. If they don’t have compassion for the animals they should at least be fined for littering.

  3. Alice Ahern says:

    They should be re-using rubber bands instead of wasting them.

  4. Heather B. says:


  5. Cecily Colloby says:

    We never had rubber bands round our letters years ago so why start this mad practice now??? I am forever finding them dropped outside my gate and those who do this should be fined for dropping litter as well as endangering wildlife.

  6. Deborah Craig says:

    Every day I hear of new ways wildlife is tortured by unthinking people leaving litter: skunks and squirrels are suffocated with their heads caught in Yoplait yogurt cartons (petition:, seals and birds are strangled in 6-pak plastics. !!Teach your children (and yourself & friends): DON’T LITTER — it’s more than just unsightly garbage, it literally hurts animals.

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