AR-News: (UK) New Hedgehog Cull to Go Ahead

Animalara2003 at Animalara2003 at
Tue Dec 16 09:33:39 EST 2003

By Andrew Black, Scottish Press Association 

A controversial hedgehog culling programme is to start again, an 
environmental body decided today.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has also decided to extend the spring 
operation from North Uist, in the Western Isles, where it took place in the summer, 
to Benbecula, moving to South Uist the following year.

SNH said it been left with no choice other than to cull the hedgehogs, which 
have been eating the eggs of the protected breeding wader birds which populate 
the islands.

Animal welfare groups have condemned the culling as inhumane, but SNH also 
agreed today to look at what protesters have been calling for – a translocation 
programme of moving the hedgehogs, instead of culling them.

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"As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all 
species with kindness, love, and compassion. That these animals suffer through human 
cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness."
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