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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:35 am on 17th September 2015.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons 10:35 am, 17th September 2015

This is one of the issues that tends to be avoided by those who oppose badger culls. There is a clear causal link in parts of the country between the growing number of badgers and the diminution in the number of hedgehogs. I am with my hon. Friend on this. I used to have hedgehogs in my garden when I was a child. The disappearance of hedgehogs in many parts of this country is a crying shame. We should do everything we can to help restore their population. Controlling the number of badgers seems to me to be a very good way of doing so.

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Janet Sullivan
Posted on 18 Sep 2015 6:04 pm (Report this annotation)

The decline of hedgehogs, as confirmed by the hedgehog preservation society, is attributed to the increased use of pesticides in gardens, loss of habitat due to farmers ripping out hedgerows, people concreting over gardens and installing impenetrable fencing, and climate change. The part played by badgers, who have coexisted with hedgehogs for millions of years, is minuscule. Whenever animal numbers decline it is always caused by human intervention.