Allow Hedgehogs in Pennsylvania sign now

It has been said that no other exotic animal has caught the attention of the public quite like the pet hedgehog has. Their spines, friendly and curious nature, as well as that ever-smiling expression have endeared them to millions of confessed hedgehog lovers around the globe.

Besides having a peaceful and humorous nature, hedgehogs readily lend themselves to just about anyone's lifestyle and schedule. Being diurnal (awake parts of both day and night) just like house cats, nearly everyone can find a time of day in which to enjoy them. They do not require a great deal of room in which to live and their dietary requirements are very easy to meet and, since they are solitary animals by nature they neither require nor want the companionship of another animal. Despite their solitary nature, they can become very affectionate with their owners and will even enjoying watching TV with you or just snuggling in your lap. Additionally, hedgehogs are very quiet, and unlike hamsters, Guinea Pigs and other small rodents, pet hedgehogs do not give off any appreciable odor and they are easily litter trained. Add to this the fact that they require no immunization shots and are very disease resistant and you can see why so many people consider hedgehogs to be the perfect pet.

There are only 5 states in this country wherein hedgehogs are illegal. They are neither poisonous nor harmful in any way to the population and there appears to be no reason for the prohibition of this average house pet. However, an email from the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) revealed about hedgehogs, We do not issue permits, and they are not legal to import into Pennsylvania [6/4/08, 7:51am, [email protected]]. However, PA Code 16.1. is quite vague as it defines a domestic animal as an equine animal, bovine animal, sheep, goat, pig, dog or cat and a wild animal as an animal other than a domestic animal [http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/007/chapter16/s16.1.html]. According to this definition, animals such as hamsters, chinchillas, ferrets, hermit crabs, and goldfish could also be considered illegal. While hedgehogs were domesticated relatively recently, they have not been imported into the United States from Africa since 1991, nor are they brought in from the wild, so all hedgehogs currently residing in this country have been bred and born in captivity [www.exoticpetvet.com/caresheets/CareOfAfricanPygmyHedgehog.doc].

Therefore, we implore you to legalize the sale and ownership of hedgehogs in the state of Pennsylvania.

Thank you for your time.

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  • 28 February 20161000. Angel L
    Resident of PA No Allow them as pets!
  • 27 February 2016999. Amber B
    I support this petition
  • 26 February 2016998. Laurel M
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  • 07 February 2016993. Sarah Todd
    Resident of PA No please allow hedgehogs in Pennsylvania. They are loving animals who deserve loving homes. Their cute faces and curiosity bring joy and excitement to anyone who sees them.
  • 04 February 2016992. Cameron K
    I support this petition
  • 27 January 2016991. Patrick F
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  • 26 January 2016990. Lorianne M
    Resident of PA No Hedgehogs should be legal. I have read that the PGC is concerned possible disease distrobution, and that the Humane Society is concerned about mistreatment. There are steps that can be taken to prevent both of these things. Require all
  • 16 January 2016989. Kevin Sanchez
    Resident of PA No What's wrong with hedgehogs?!
  • 12 January 2016988. Michael S
    I support this petition
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    Resident of PA No ilh
  • 07 January 2016986. Scott B
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  • 06 January 2016985. Alexandra R
    Resident of PA No i would like to own a hedgehog
  • 06 January 2016984. Brandon F
    I support this petition
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  • 03 January 2016982. Giadona D
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  • 20 December 2015979. Whitney W
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  • 20 December 2015978. Maria G
    Resident of PA No I know someone with one also, they are harmless! my daughter wants one so bad!
  • 19 December 2015977. Larissa S
    I support this petition
  • 18 December 2015976. Sydney Vega
    Resident of PA No i want a hedgehog so bad!!! and if a hedgehog got loose in pa it wouldnt harm andything because they need to live in warm climates and would die in the winter.
  • 18 December 2015975. Cody L
    I support this petition
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Chris ChaneyBy:
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The Pennsylvania Game Commission, Governor Edward G. Rendell, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and Pennsylvania State Senate

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