Campaign to stop the slaughter of over 5000 Hedgehogs on
the Island of Uist
Are these pictures of merciless
Well Scottish Heritage
would have you believe they are!!
They want to senselessly slaughter
over 5000 hedgehogs, living on the island of Uist off the
coast of Scotland.
Their reasons for this are to prevent the hedgehogs
eating the eggs from the nests of groundlaying birds, who
use the islands as a nesting ground.
The full proposals recommending the total
eradication of the entire hedgehog population from
the Islands can be read here in pdf form http://www.snh.org.uk/data/boards_and_committees/main_board_papers/0246.pdf
Or Here which I have
converted to web format for you to read and includes
some comments on our view of this problem.
April 2003: SNH have started to catch the hedgehogs in
order to kill them. There are numerous volunteers on the
islands from Animal rescue organisations, who want to
catch and remove the hedgehogs to the mainland for safe
- Please all email your oposition to the cull to Calum.Macfarlane@snh.gov.uk
who is the spokesman about the cull on behalf on
Please email him and ask him to allow the
hedgehogs to be removed and for all the cull
staff to catch and hand over the hedgehogs rather
than gassing and murdering them.
Please read HERE the standard
reply from SNH and copies of some correspondance between
scientific experts in the hedgehog field and SNH
- Please all write to SNH at the address below,
requesting a reply, recording your opposition to
the extermination policy.
- Email BHPS on firstname.lastname@example.org
to request a standard letter that you can adapt
and send to SNH
- Read here another
approach, where it is suggested it is time to
begin an economic boycott and blockade on
Scottish tourist sites and all things Scottish,
until SNH see sense and admit they were wrong,
call off the slaughter and work WITH Uist
Hedgehog Rescue for a solution to the problem
that does not involve the needless killing of
Please keep up the pressure on SNH and your MP.
Continue to write to the media and hopefully we can
relocate these thousands of hedgehogs.
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society
needs your support for this and donations towards the
cost and offers of help will be gratefully received.
We must make SNH decide to adopt a better and more
humane method instead of an outright unnecessary
Read the latest page about the
efforts to stop this horrible and unnecessary murder of
And the latest press release
What can we do to stop it.
- Email direct to Scottish
National Heritage and complain directly to
- Write to John Markland CBE
Scottish National Heritage
12 Hope Terace
- Write or email your MP and MEP You can contact
your MP through this link http://www.faxyourmp.com/
( You should also contact your MEP as SNH say
they are proposing the cull to comply with a
European Directive on Bird Protection)
- Contact the RSPCA and other Animal Welfare
- Contact your Local Newspaper, TV station, Local
Radio, BBC, ITV, National Newspapers
- Support Pavel, He is running in
Edinburgh Marathon June 2005 for Uist Hedgehogs,
and people can sponsor him online at http://www.justgiving.com/hedgehogs
- With the upcoming General Election
due shortly in 2005, use the hedgehogs as a
campaign issue and question any prospective MP
closely especially Scottish MP's and inform them
that you will refuse to vote for them unless they
stop the cull.
- A petition has just been created
on the care2.com network to protest about the
Let all of them know what you think about this
Contact the British
Hedgehog Preservation Society who are involved in the
campaign and give them your support. This campaign may
well need a lot of money if we end up moving thousands of
hedgehogs from a Scottish Island to the mainland. Please
be prepared to donate generously .
Contact any of the other hedghog sites listed on the
links page to offer your support to this campaign
I will continue to update this page about the campaign
as often as I can
Thank you for visiting and thank you for offering your