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Legalization of Domesticated Hedgehogs in California

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The CA Depart. of Fish and Game claims hedgehogs, "can become pests where they have been introduced into the wild in new areas." However, rats, mice, and hamsters are all currently legal in California, and would be considered pests by many people if let loose as well. It is not the intention of future hedgehog owners to release their pets into the wild. However, if they did, there is no possible way they would find an opposite sex hedgehog, breed, make it through the gestation period of thirty-five days in the wild, and escape the many predators California naturally has. If cats and dogs, which are just as domesticated as hedgehogs, cannot survive when they are let loose due to mountain lions, hawks, and other predators, then how will a hedgehog survive the same habitat? In fact, hedgehogs have often been found in the pallets of owls. Not only do they have animal predators, but human-made predators as well. Pesticides and cars are a common fatality in hedgehog deaths in the United States. Hedgehogs have a tendency to curl up in a ball when they are threatened, which would not stop a car, motorcycle, truck, or any other man made device. It is also noted that their diseases will disrupt California's natural wildlife, however, as aforementioned, they would not live long enough in the wild to pass on their supposed diseases. Hedgehogs are also not dangerous, as some people believe. Often confused for a porcupine, a hedgehog’s quills are soft. It is true they have teeth, but they are only as harmful as a rat, mouse, or hamster’s bite. Hedgehogs can also be helpful! Keeping them around the house will lower the amount of insects in and around your house! Illegal hedgehog breeders in California may rear their hedgehogs in conditions unsafe for the animal and/or unsafe for the environment. If the hedgehog became legal to own and breed in California, legal professional breeders who recognize the consequences of accidentally releasing hedgehogs into the wild would start up, giving the hedgehogs a safe environment to be raised and sold in while decreasing their rate of escape, and they would bring money to the state from this new legitimate source of revenue. Works Cited and External Links "Hedgehogs, Hedgehog Pictures, Hedgehog Facts - National Geographic." Animals - Animal Pictures - Wild Animal Facts - Nat Geo Wild - National Geographic. Web. 12 Oct. 2011. . "Hedgehog." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. 23 Sept. 2011. Web. 12 Oct. 2011. . "Predators & Hazards." The Hedghogz Home Page. Web. 12 Oct. 2011. .

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  • Madeline Lenz
    Madeline Lenz United States, San Diego
    Jan 26, 2016
    Jan 26, 2016
    I have wanted a hedgehog for as long as I can remember, but have been restricted from doing so because of them being considered as 'illegal.' The CA Department of Fish and Game believe that hedgehogs, if released into the wild of CA, could cause problems to the ecosystem. This is actually not true because, while undomesticated hedgehogs could potentially pose this threat, domesticated hedgehogs - in which people own - would not. Hedgehogs are hypoallergenic and very friendly pets who require very little maintenance. Just because these animals are considered illegal in California doesn't stop people from owning them and this is a serious issue as it is inhumane to the creature. When you own an animal that is illegal, you cannot seek medical care for that animal if it gets sick or if it just needs a check-up (which hedgehogs need on a regular basis). Thus, making it near to impossible for the pet owners to seek help when their animal is ill. There would be nothing but good things coming from the passing of this legalization and I fully support it with all of my being.
  • Jonah Velasquez
    Jonah Velasquez United States, Fresno
    Jan 20, 2016
    Jan 20, 2016
    We really want a hedgehog but can't have one which I think is dumb because we should be able to have those types of pets
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jan 12, 2016
    Jan 12, 2016
    I really want a hedgehog! :)
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jan 11, 2016
    Jan 11, 2016
    I want one!
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