With the SNP declaring they will be voting against any change in the Hunting Act 2004, the humble fox has been saved from the hunters and dog pack for now.
Mike Mendoza’s column on the subject (Herald, July 16) gives us all the real facts.
I know, as a campaigner for the fox for many years, at least 80 per cent of the general public agree with him.
The fox has a rightful place in our countryside and has a role to play in the ecosystem.
Unlike the dog, the fox has a shorter life, perhaps three to four years, and the urban fox less.
Their main predators are man and road traffic.
They rid the countryside of rats and small vermin which must be of value to the farmer.
Good husbandry protects chickens from the fox, but if this is not in place the fox has a meal on offer, leaving only the chicken keeper responsible.
Hunting is not the answer.
Weak and sickly lambs are taken by the fox. Having said this, the healthy, energetic lambs are left alone.
Bowing to wealthy landowners and their cruel ideas of what is sport, and allowing MPs to vote on this, must never happen again.
We need to leave this animal to live as it should – freely in our countryside to play its part alongside all other wildlife.
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