Justice for Hedgehogs Kicked to Death by Teens

Target: Micheal Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland

Goal: Increase animal welfare protections for hedgehogs, who are being kicked around and beaten in the streets of Irish cities.

Two hedgehogs were recently kicked to death by a group of teenagers. According to rights group Hedgehog Rescue Dublin, there have been multiple reports of related cases coming out of Clondalkin, Ireland. A young volunteer saw the incident and immediately called the charity before calling her mother. By the time authorities got to the scene, the animals were already dead. Their corpses were bloodied, bloated, and left in a park.

This is not an uncommon occurrence in Ireland. According to Yvonne McCann, zoologist and founder of Hedgehog Rescue Dublin, there are “a lot of hedgehogs coming into us that have been kicked around. That’s unfortunately quite normal. Especially when people are drunk on the way home from the pub, they just kick them around like little footballs.” Another case involved a hedgehog being brutally bashed to death with a can, and many more are hit accidentally in traffic.

Authorities are currently asking the public to come forward with any information they may have. Unfortunately, the lack of witnesses means that the search has been difficult. In order to ensure that deliberate cruelty toward animals is stopped, these cases must be taken seriously. Even though these teens may not be found, an increase in the punishments for such cruelty could help deter it in the future. Sign the petition below to ask that protections for hedgehogs and other animals are increased.


Dear Mr. Creed,

Two hedgehogs were recently kicked to death by a group of teens. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence in Ireland. According to Hedgehog Rescue Dublin, there are several cases each year of the animals being injured or killed by cruel people who kick them around the streets. One hedgehog was even beaten to death with a can.

Incidents like these must be put to an end. While authorities have hit a dead end in this particular case, harsher punishments for this type of cruelty could save hedgehogs by deterring these thoughtless acts. We, the undersigned, ask you to seek to improve protections for hedgehogs and other animals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Hedgehog Rescue Dublin

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  1. Kristin Peterson says:

    Hopefully they find the bratty little shitheads who did this and kick their asses around for a good while!

    Kids these days NEED a real ASS WHOOPING and need to be taught how to RESPECT life, ALL forms of life!

  2. Need a blasted good hiding and their parents fined up to the hilt. that would teach them to keep their hooligans under control. Parents must be held responsible for kids’ crimes, obviously haven’t brought them up to know right from wrong.

  3. Hedgehogs, really? How about we punish these little pieces of shit by pummeling their worthless hides with large rocks. Then bury their filthy carcasses where they fall and forget they ever existed. Who cares about what their ‘parents’ think. They’re probably inbred anyway.

  4. These teens NEED TO HAVE THEIR ASSES KICKED!!!! When will world governments DEMAND strong anti-cruelty laws???? We need to keep on demanding this!

  5. michelle taylor says:

    I would love to meet these brats face to face! An eye for an eye!!


  7. Alice Knight says:

    These tiny animals deserve respect, just like all animals. They are not on this earth to be used as a vicious form of entertainment and fun in such a horrific manner. This sort of disrespect for any animal’s life needs to be addressed at the highest level. NO one person whether intoxicated or not should be held accountable for their actions. Along with this is age. These teens knew exactly what they were doing. I think it’s sickening the way our animals are being treated in this day and age. All over the world Anti-cruelty laws for animals need to be re-evaluated and need to be made to teach a lesson. One lesson that will never be forgotten or the crime repeated .

  8. Elizabeth Porcheddu says:

    This is disgusting and shameful. Who raises scum like this ? If you can’t act like a civilized human being, then don’t drink alcohol. Ass holes. Drinking alcohol is no excuse for turning into an ass hole and murdering innocent animals. Ass holes.

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