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Good news for Hedgehogs!

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Potter & Rest

 

 

We’ve heard about some great news for our prickly garden friends.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) challenged the fast food chain, KFC, over its Krushems milkshake packaging, as when littered on the ground, it can be a safety risk to hedgehogs who can get stuck in its lids. The BHPS asked KFC to change their packaging, making the lids of the milkshakes smaller and therefore preventing hedgehogs from getting stuck.

After negotiation the charity has announced it has been successful and that the packaging of the milkshakes will change.

Fay Vass, Chief Executive of the BHPS, said “We are delighted that KFC are changing their packaging to prevent littered cups from harming hedgehogs. We would ask that people dispose of litter responsibly as it can have a devastating impact on wildlife.”

Populations of hedgehogs have plummeted in the UK by more than a third during the last 10 years so it is crucial that we all do our bit. It is great to hear about the society’s win against KFC in its bid to protect the creatures.

A spokesperson from KFC, said “From today, KFC in the UK and Ireland will cease production of the current lid for the Krushems cup. After consultation with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, KFC UK/I has developed a new lid with a smaller aperture to prevent potential harm to wildlife and will introduce this into all restaurants over the coming months.”

If you want to find out how to encourage hedgehogs into your garden, you can read our blog here.

*Image credit to The British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

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