Fox hunting is bad – let’s get that point across straight away.
I am an animal lover and the prospect of a fox being ripped apart by fox hounds is not something that appeals to me at all – I doubt it appeals to the fox either really.
This is the way it is in Britain at the moment.
Fox hunting has been banned for a number of years. This is a good thing.
Fox hunting rarely, if ever, claimed the life of a young healthy fox. This is a fact.
Virtually all foxes caught by a hunt were either elderly or sick. This is also a fact.
The hunts were cruel and horrible – also a fact – but they did, inadvertently, control the fox population thereby ensuring that the number of foxes remaining had a healthy and ‘food rich’ area to live and breed. Basically, the ‘hunts’ removed the old and sick foxes who still hunted for food and took their share. Mother Nature tends to approve of ‘the survival of the fittest’ does she not?
Of course, suggesting that the ‘natural order of nature’ is enhanced by some idiots galloping along on their horses, blowing hunting horns and allowing hunting dogs to catch and rip a fox apart is plainly just daft.
However. Sadistic and cruel though hunting was, it controlled the fox population.
Now hunting has been rightfully banned there are no controls over the fox population in Britain.
Humanity have done very little to affect the natural habitat of the fox – well not in Britain they haven’t. There is clearly ample countryside for foxes to thrive. Providing we don’t get another socialist (left) government in the foreseeable future, the surviving forests and green areas will not have houses built on them and the natural habitat of the fox will continue on.
Odd really that our ‘left leaning’ politicians are so hell bent on concreting over our green and pleasant land. You’d have thought this was more a ‘right wing’ consideration but no, over here in Blighty it’s our ‘lefties’ that want to rip up woodland and build houses. Don’t ask me, I’ve given up voting for any of the mad bastards personally.
The problem is thus:
Without ‘the hunt’ foxes continue in the same vein they have always continued. They survive as all wild creatures do and they breed. Without the ‘hunt’ the older foxes live longer and the ‘sick’ foxes survive for longer thereby hunting in territories that would otherwise have been purely hunted by young healthy foxes.
It isn’t rocket science to realise that, as a result of the ban on hunting – a ban I completely support I hasten to add – that there are now too many foxes competing for what is now, due to their increased numbers, a reducing food source.
As a result many young healthy foxes have sort of thought ‘sod this for a game of soldiers’ and moved into urban areas where the easy picking of humanities waste lie before them. Dustbin bags with discarded food abound on our streets the night before the ‘bin men’ arrive in the morning.
As a result of this quite correct hunting ban the ‘urban fox’ has now grown not only in numbers but also in size and aggressiveness. A year or so back stories of the urban fox attacking a baby in it’s cot due to an open window proliferated and people worried. More lately the urban fox has started to attack not only family pets in their gardens but, recently, a fully grown woman out jogging.
Now ‘jogging’ is something I cannot identify with. Far too energetic in my opinion but, if a fully grown woman can have her ankles attacked by a fox then clearly something is amiss in the natural order of things.
‘Urban foxes’ have now grown to be easily twice the size of their country cousins. In the country a fox whether young and healthy or old or sick is a size that most people would expect of a fox. In an increasing number of urban areas foxes are rapidly reaching the size of a middling breed of dog.
There was a time – until about a decade ago, when a fox wouldn’t dare attack a healthy cat as it would, frankly, have had it’s eye ripped out. An old ‘doddery’ cat perhaps or a young kitten allowed out of it’s home too soon perhaps, but a young healthy cat? Never.
Now foxes are taking healthy cats almost at will.
The solution can only be a ‘cull’ of foxes.
I’m not happy with that but, ultimately, what else can be done?
There’s a problem, in my eyes, with a ‘cull’. A ‘cull’ will ‘take out’ any Fox in the wrong place at the wrong time regardless of it being young / old / sick or whatever.
I can’t justify ‘fox hunting’ as the fox would die in excruciating agony being ripped apart by the fox hounds and nothing and nobody will ever make me believe that is acceptable but the ‘culling’ of young healthy foxes to control the population? No. That is wrong.
Doing nothing until a baby is actually killed by a fox – and it will happen you know if things continue this way. No. That must be stopped.
Ok. Cull ‘em. Kill young healthy foxes to reduce the population. It needs to be done and, eventually, it will be done – although I suspect not until a baby really is killed by a fox. Politicians aren’t interested in urban foxes until they become ‘vote winners’ and a baby is dead. “Hey! Vote for me! I support the poor bastards with the dead baby!” – I know, I am a cynic but what else can you be with politicians eh?
You know what?
As much as I abhor and hate it I would rather bring back the hunt than stare at my TV one night in the not too distant future and hear about some poor couple who left a window open on a summers night and found their baby ripped to shreds by a fox in the morning. Does that sound melodramatic? Perhaps. I won’t half post on MMA in quick time when it does – and it will. Mark my words. I live here.
Fox hunting is evil and cruel but I’d prefer it any day to my baby dying because I left a window open.
Sometimes things aren’t quite so black and white eh?
Just a thought – I have few so treat it gently eh?
Addendum : I’ve seen a number of ‘squashed’ foxes on the roads in my guise of Driving Instructor so, perhaps, running the poor sods over will replace hunting? – Good grief!!! Two thoughts in one night – I must be sickening for something