Code of Ethics


Morning Star Hedgehogs Adapted Code of Ethics:​

Our code of ethics is modeled after the International Hedgehog Association code of ethics.

As a responsible breeder, I
·  will not knowingly breed an unhealthy hedgehog

·  will not sell an animal with significant health issues. If a minor health issue is present, I will provide full disclosure and follow-up assistance.

·  will keep alert for and work to eradicate inherited problems.

·  will obtain and maintain all required local, regional, and/or federal licensing.

·  will represent my hedgehogs as honestly as possible to prospective buyers and will try to assist the serious novice in their understanding.

·  will not knowingly falsify any records, pedigrees, or registrations.

·  will not perform any inbreeding and will not purposely breed first through 6th generation relatives.

·  will ensure that I have experience with hedgehogs as a species and with breeding animals in general before undertaking a hedgehog breeding project.

·  will ensure adequate health care for my hedgehogs.

·  will not knowingly breed a hedgehog that may carry a health problem that is suspected of being genetically linked.

·  will make a written copy of my policies and guarantees available to all customers, including replacement policy.

·  will feed my hedgehogs a species  appropriate diet.

·  will make reasonable efforts to keep my cages free from filth.

·  will provide clean food and water.

·  will provide an environment that is within an appropriate temperature range and understand that atelerix albiventris and/or atelerix algirus are not meant to hibernate.

·  will keep records of my lineage.

·  will provide cages that are sufficiently sized for adequate movement, and that provide adequate ventilation.

·  will make reasonable efforts to ensure that buyers of my hedgehogs are not making an uninformed, impulse purchase and can provide appropriate, long-term care.

·  will not allow babies to leave my care until they are weaned and able to thrive independent of mom, recognizing that this is generally around 6 - 7  weeks old, and they must meet a weight criteria of 180 -200 grams

·  Will not openly sell hedgehogs to persons in places where they are illegal, regardless of the level of enforcement that takes place and I will not willingly sell or place a hedgehog into a potentially dangerous situation and/or environment.