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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Save the Scottish hedgehogs

Posted 1 June 2003
Hamish - the first hedgehog to be rescued by Uist Hedgehog Rescue. Credit: UHR

Despite criticism from the Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is to continue with its plans to slaughter roughly 5,000 hedgehogs on the isles of Uist - though it claims that 'only' 300 will be taken this year.

Cull proponents seek to justify it by arguing that the mammals are not native to the islands and are threatening the local gannet and wading birds populations by eating the birds' eggs.

The SNH has refused to co-operate with a coalition of groups with an alternative plan to re-locate the hedgehogs to the mainland, claiming that this would be more inhumane than gassing the entire population!

Those wishing to save the hedgehogs are now involved in a race against time to rescue as many as they possibly can.

Volunteers are needed until September to help the re-location. Contact Advocates for Animals on 0131 225 6039.

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