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Aldi hedge­hog house could trap and kill an­i­mals, char­ity warns

- By Daily Tele­graph Reporter Society · Charity · The Woodland Trust · Great Ayton

A HEDGE­HOG house due to go on sale at Aldi, the Ger­man dis­count chain, could re­sult in the an­i­mals be­com­ing trapped by their spines and dy­ing, a char­ity has claimed.

The £9.99 Gar­den­line Igloo Hedge­hog House has a brush­wood dome with a wa­ter­proof mem­brane, and is sup­posed to pro­tect hedge­hogs from preda­tors.

But Hedgepigs and Hoglets Res­cue said that the item’s de­sign meant it could catch on a hedge­hog’s spines, leav­ing them un­able to get out and lead­ing to them starv­ing to death or be­com­ing as­phyx­i­ated or in­jured.

The char­ity, based in Great Ay­ton,

North York­shire, tried to dis­suade po­ten­tial buy­ers by post­ing on so­cial me­dia ahead of the prod­uct’s launch on Thurs­day.

They shared a screen­shot of the prod­uct and said: “Please do not buy this prod­uct. These igloo houses have been the cause of in­jury and quite prob­a­bly deaths for Hedge­hogs, con­se­quently we are call­ing for their ban.

“Hedge­hog res­cues report that hedge­hogs’ spines get caught up in the in­side where they be­come stuck and lit­er­ally starve to death or at least suf­fer in­juries.

“They are poorly made and blow over in the wind. They should be re­moved from the mar­ket.”

An Aldi spokesman said: “Over a quar­ter of a mil­lion of these hedge­hog houses have been sold over many years by var­i­ous re­tail­ers and char­i­ties in­clud­ing the RSPB and The Wood­land Trust.

“It has been tested ex­ten­sively and our sup­plier hasn’t had any re­ported safety is­sues.

“We are talk­ing to Hedgepigs and Hoglets Res­cue to share this in­for­ma­tion and al­lay their con­cerns.”

‘Hedge­hogs’ spines get caught up in the in­side where they be­come stuck and lit­er­ally starve to death’

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