We plead for DIY Acts and consideration with every demonstration we make at the till, unfoxed by empty assurances. We submit our view to the Times.
Letters to the Editor
Hunting and Desistance
Dear Sir or Madam
Many more foxes are killed by shooting as a corollary of free-range poultry farming than the few left to the hunts to torment (Letters and Debate, September 13). And as recent events demonstrate, these efforts at control entail grevious dangers to people.
Free range is an alien and barren environment for fowl with origins and instincts developed in tropical jungles. Commercial hybrids are bred as food-producing machines ill-equipped for flight and escape in treeless environments and inadequately fenced off from the daring raiders that modern foxes have become. By night the birds are housed in cramped conditions; many have to be mutilated by beak-trimming, which reduces their ability to forage and resist attack.
Animal welfarists and rightists demanding restraint from hunters would do well to ensure by reversing the increasing demand for eggs and cheap poultry-meat that they themselves desist from complicity in practices that harass foxes and farm animals in unequal conditions entailing avoidable cruelty.