Target: Hugh Warwick, British Hedgehog Preservation Society
Goal: Stop barbaric experiments that reportedly led to the slow, torturous death of a wild hedgehog.
A wild hedgehog is dead after researchers reportedly attached so many trackers to it that it was unable to curl itself into a ball. Animal welfare advocates are furious after the hedgehog was found with 26 plastic sleeves on its spines as well as one radio tracker. The animal was dehydrated, underweight, had broken toes, and was unable to curl up.
Hedgehogs curl up into balls when they are scared or threatened in order to protect themselves from danger. A hedgehog unable to perform this instinctual action would likely experience extreme stress. Not only this, but some say that the tags could have impeded the animal’s ability to find food, water, and shelter.
The hedgehog, now called Russet, was transported to Oxton Wild Hedgehog Rehab. Though staff member Lynda Britchford tried to save him, he succumbed to his injuries. According to Britchford, Russet’s poor condition would have been easy to spot if researchers were performing regular checkups on the animals used in their experiments.
This type of cruel experimentation resulted in the death of an innocent animal. In order to ensure that no more animals die this slow and torturous death, researchers must immediately stop these experiments. Sign the petition below to demand that this cruel research is immediately and completely stopped.
Dear Mr. Warwick,
A hedgehog was recently found dehydrated, emaciated, and unable to curl up after having to carry around several trackers placed on it by researchers. Not only would this inability to curl up cause severe stress to the animal, the attachments likely impeded the animal’s ability to drink, eat, and seek shelter. According to staff at the rescue center where the hedgehog eventually died, the scene “looked like someone’s idea of a bad joke.” Rescue staff also said that this death could likely have been avoided if the researchers were monitoring the health of the test subjects.
This cruel experiment has already resulted in the injury and death of one animal, and must be stopped before it takes more lives. We, the undersigned, demand that these barbaric experiments are immediately put to an end.
[Your Name Here]
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