In 2015, Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon announced her government would hold a review of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002. In December, it was confirmed that the review would be led by Lord Bonomy with a consultation process starting in February and finishing by the end of March.
Early in the morning a Hunt of mounted riders quietly surround a thicket they know to contain a family of foxes. The female fox or vixen hears the movement but will not leave her cover as she has cubs to protect. The huntsmen surround the thicket, they slap their saddles, hollar and shout to prevent the fox and her cubs leaving the thicket. They want to have their fun.
The hounds are sent in and the vixen comes out to protect her cubs, young fox cubs do not have the skills and knowledge of their parents, they are playful and trusting and unlikely to flee danger. Their inquisitive nature ensures they investigate anything new.
Can you outwit the clever fox?
Foxes don’t always make the best of neighbours but before you write them off as the neighbours from hell, take a few minutes to understand them and maybe find some ways to humanely, and permanently, discouraging them from visiting your space.
What use are they?
Foxes eat rats and pick up scavenged food. This is usually dead animals from road kills,
Save Me is totally opposed to "dogs killing wild mammals" for human pleasure. We do encourage the humane sports of drag hunting and lure coursing to retain all its traditions without the need for cruelty
Extract from Lord Burns report
"The registered packs are estimated to kill some 21,000-25,000 foxes a year. About 40% of the foxes killed by the registered packs are killed in the autumn/cub hunting season. In Wales and other upland areas, a high proportion of foxes are dug out, using terriers and shot.
From King Canute to David Cameron, hunting has taken place worldwide for hundreds of years. It's purpose was to provide food and protect livestock. The practice of using dogs with a keen sense of smell to track prey has been traced back to ancient Egypt and many Greek and Roman influenced countries.
It is believed that the custom for a fox to be tracked, chased and often killed by trained hunting hounds, known as "scent hounds", and followed by the Master
Are Foxes Dangerous?
Our intelligence can often be measured by our reactions. Knee jerk reactions are not good reactions.
It is extremely rare for a wild animal to bite and this is usually only when corned or trapped, Most wildlife has learnt to keep hidden. Humans are the biggest threat to wildlife and not the other way round. Foxes are rarely aggressive and would always choose to flee human contact.
THERE IS NO EXCUSE for the continuation of fox hunting. The only argument for it that you can believe is sincere, from its supporters, is that they enjoy it. But they will put up all kinds of smoke screens – essentially bogus defences. This fox lovers' guide provides definitive answers to the hunters lame claims.
This is a fox lovers’ handbook designed to answer the lame claims of hunters who believe it’s acceptable to torture foxes to death.
Fourteen of the hunt supporters’ best shots detailed here, along with the answers which expose them as false.
This is a truthful account of the reality of fox hunting and its standard practice, the contents may haunt you, they haunt me.
Clifford Pellow, a professional fox hunter for 23 years, believed unwaveringly in the integrity of his 'craft'. He'd learnt its mysteries in night stories from his grandfather - all about wily Reynard and the special breed of man in red tunic who led the chase with horse and hounds that, on a good day, ended with Reynard being vanquished. Grandfather was a Devonian quarryman who crushed
The Government has been defeated over the repeal of The Hunting Act. David Cameron is licking his wounds after the humiliated, Tory Premier was forced to retreat on fox hunting when it became clear his sneaky plans to revive the bloodsport would be savaged by his own MP’s. The PM had arrogantly defended his “mates” right to hunt but he is barking up the wrong tree if he thinks he'll get his way by banning Scottish MPs from voting on hunting in England and Wales.
Team Fox is a coalition of animals groups united to keep the hunting ban in place. Fox hunting is not a ‘tradition’ that needs to be protected
The humane sport of drag hunting, in which the hunt follows an artificial trail, has all the tradition without any of the cruelty. Nevertheless, traditions are measured in more than years. They have to reflect the values and attitudes of a society and the vast majority of the British people today oppose hunting with dogs. To bring back fox hunting is to bring back cruelty.
Few native species divide opinion as deeply as the red fox. Despite being voted the third most popular British mammal in a recent BBC Wildlife survey, foxes still face widespread demonisation and persecution. A better understanding of fox ecology and behaviour – and the essential ecological role they play – can help dispel the myths and misconceptions about this iconic British species.
Drag hunting and hunting with bloodhounds is a sport in which a pack of hounds follow either an artificially laid scent or the scent of a human over a predetermined route. Most drag hounds and bloodhound packs are registered with the Masters of Draghounds and Bloodhounds Association (MDBA).