Now, I don't hold the welfare of hedgehogs high in my priority list, and certainly not as high as the very excitable Ross Minnot of Advocates for Animals.
Just for clarification Advocates for Animals is nothing do do with representation in the higher courts for a killer dog, or a Niseach sheep selling crack at the fank, but appears to be an organisation which believes that animals have exactly the same rights as humans.
With rights come responsibilities, and until I can get an ASBO against next doors cat for shitting on my lawn, the balance is unfairly tilted.
according to Advocates for Animals, they stridently believe that, "DEMOCRACY means … giving EVERYONE a voice" which seems to involve allowing dogs to vote, according to the picture on their website (right). Sorry, but until Fido tidies up his own shit and pays Council Tax, he's not getting on the electoral register.
These are the self-righteous townies who want to stop the Gugas being taken; want to stop deer culls; and want to stop seal culls irrespective of the effect on humans.
Anthropomorphism is a horrible condition which results in well-meaning liberal vegetarians* thinking that a pig/sheep/fox is more important than the human who tends, nurtures, and then carefully eats the beast.
The 'trendies' who name (pet) animals and then refuse to eat them (after having them sent for slaughter) have their place. It's just not in the rural community. Friends are not kept in a paddock and fed grass (unless you are Cynthia Payne), they are herbivores who are staying for lunch. Your lunch.
Anyway. my point before I rambled was; if SNH got it wrong about the hedgehogs, who is to say they didn't get it wrong about the Lewis Peatlands and blocking the Ness-Tolsta road because the birds might suffer?
* I like vegetarians. Most of my favourite lunches are of beef or lamb.