Public enemy No 1? Outcry as 5,000 hedgehogs are sentenced to death
Wednesday 18 December 2002
Conservationists ordered Britain's first mass extermination of hedgehogs yesterday, despite opposition from animal welfare groups.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) gave permission for the cull of up to 5,000 hedgehogs on the islands of North Uist, South Uist and Benbecula to protect native sea birds.
Hedgehogs were introduced in 1974 by a resident to control garden pests. But a dangerously large population is threatening internationally important bird breeding grounds, says the SNH.
The creatures prey on the eggs of ground-nesting birds and have been blamed for jeopardising the populations of dunlin, redshank, snipe, lapwings and oyster-catchers. The numbers of some species dropped by nearly 60 per cent in the last five years.
Opponents of the cull were disappointed. Ross Minet, of Advocates for Animals, said: "The animals should be humanely removed and taken to homes on the mainland."
Greenpeace comes to the aid of Britain's small fishing vessels
Backbench rebellion threat sees fracking regulations toughened
Frilled shark: Australian fishermen capture terrifying shark from the deep
Keep off the grass: Research confirms that highly manicured lawns produce more greenhouse gases than they soak up
The ugliest animals on earth: Blobfish, axolotl and proboscis monkey battle it out to be named least attractive beast
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 3 Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: This post arises as a result of the need to...
£120 - £150 per annum: Tradewind Recruitment: I am recruiting on instruction o...
£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...
£24000 - £28000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Executive - Wim...