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‘As PR guru for the RSPCA, I thought he'd have more common sense’ – farmer hits back after hedgehog-badger row

The head of public affairs for the RSPCA has come under fire for branding a farmer who asked a question about badgers and hedgehogs ‘lazy’.


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RSPCA press chief slammed over hedgehog row

Gareth Wyn Jones, a hill farmer from Llanfairfechan, used his Twitter account to ask the BBC Countryfile show if hedgehog populations were being driven down by increasing numbers of badgers.

 

 

He told Farmers Guardian he was ‘really surprised’ when the RSPCA’s David Bowles snapped back ‘no evidence of badger population impacting on hedgehog – standard lazy response from a farmer #factsimportant’.

 

 

“I was just asking a question”, Mr Jones said.

 

“I have noticed there are fewer and fewer hedgehogs and more and more badgers. I do not have any scientific proof of this, but I work on the land every single day and as a child I used to see hedgehogs everywhere. It is definitely true badgers eat hedgehogs.

 

“I did not even ask the RSPCA, there was no malice in it whatsoever and he came back with a very sarcastic and slightly nasty tweet. For a man of his stature and status as PR guru for the RSPCA, I thought he would have more common sense.

 

“Farmers are the RSPCA’s eyes and ears in many situations, so alienating them is not a good thing.”

 

After making the comment, Mr Bowles was inundated with tweets from supportive users who demanded an apology on Mr Jones’ behalf and shared scientific papers which claimed to link badger numbers to hedgehog deaths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farmers Guardian has approached Mr Bowles for comment.


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