Shropshire

KFC promises 'hedgehog-friendly packaging'

Hedgehog stuck in cup Image copyright Laura Gibuze
Image caption KFC said it would introduce smaller lids to help stop hedgehogs getting stuck in the packaging

Fast food giant KFC has announced it is to change its packaging after reports its lids were endangering hedgehogs.

It follows pressure from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS).

The Shropshire-based charity said the large holes in the lids of dumped Krushems milkshake cups meant hedgehogs were getting stuck.

KFC said it planned to introduce a lid with a smaller hole, which would be stocked by all its restaurants.

"From today, KFC in the UK and Ireland will cease production of the current lid for the Krushems cup," a spokesperson for the firm said.

In 2006, the BHPS won a six-year battle against McDonalds over a similar issue with its McFlurry packaging.

Fay Vass, chief executive of the society, said she was delighted by KFC's decision.

She said the BHPS had been in discussions with KFC over the last eight to nine months, after seeing a video of a hedgehog stuck in one of its lids.

Ms Vass said litter generally was having a "devastating" impact on wildlife.


Hedgehogs

  • Adult hedgehogs often have 5,000 to 7,000 spines, which are really modified hairs
  • Their diet mainly consists of beetles, caterpillars and earthworms
  • Hedgehogs are most active at night and can roll themselves into a small ball as a form of defence
  • They tend to hibernate between November and mid-March, depending on the weather

Source: British Hedgehog Preservation Society


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