After Swedish media brought attention to several cases where hedgehogs were tormented to death, an animal welfare organization confirms that the number of reports has increased this year.
Voice of Europe (h/t Mary S) Young people and children in “special areas” in Nässjö torment and kick hedgehogs around like a football, states P4 Jönköping.
The local organization Animal Friends has received more alerts than usual regarding animal cruelty this summer. As a precaution they have tried to move the hedgehogs.
“These are special areas where youths and children as a game poke them with sticks, try to spike them and kick them like a football”, says Annica Sjöberg, chairman of Animal Friends in Nässjö, and adds that it has gotten worse this year.
Sjöberg believes that animal cruelty is often due to “ignorance”. According to her, the solution is to visit schools and explain to the children what laws apply and how to behave towards animals.
In social media, many Swedes are disgusted with the cruelty and also wonder who is behind it (Look around, the evidence is all around you). Others point out that it is a new phenomenon, that has never occurred in the country before.
(Not until 2015, anyway)