Worse things happen

I am tired of reading about the baby boy who was bitten by a fox in an urban area.

While this was an upsetting and serious thing to happen to a helpless baby, it is surely a one-off and far more dreadful things happen to small children every day and are accepted as a normal part of life.

Children go in far more fear for their lives and safety from the very people who are supposed to love and protect them and give them a decent start in life – violent, addictive, neglectful and slovenly mothers.

Some children have dreadful diets which fill and fatten, but never nourish, live in dirty and dangerous homes with a total lack of love and care or mental stimulation. Yet we treat these criminals as victims and pay them money we can’t afford to carry on with their abysmal existences.

Social Services can only go so far in trying to bring some sort of standards to bear, but in our over-indulgent and under-staffed society, the children come a poor second.

Animals, including foxes, take far more care of their offspring and it is about time that we start getting our human houses in order before finding the (very) occasional fault in the animal kingdom.

Heather Causnett, Escrick Park Gardens, Escrick, York.


• WITH reference to reports about an increase in the fox population in urban areas, much can be attributed to leaving waste food exposed, attracting not only foxes, but other predators such as rats, alongside our countryside being steadily eroded by a concrete jungle.

Rabies was once a major concern from the Arctic to the tropics until this disease was eradicated in Scandinavia, England and almost made extinct in Canada.

Preventive measures meant stringent controls from muzzling, destruction of stray dogs and immunisation of the dog population, plus import controls such as quarantine regulations.

Fortunately we are an island, but this does not detract from us becoming less vigilant, both for the health and safety of animals and humans.

Or it may be nature’s way of redress for human behaviour toward all creatures great and small.

Kenneth Bowker, Vesper Walk, Huntington, York.


• BECAUSE of its ill-thought-out stance on fox hunting with dogs, time is nigh when the RSPCA has more blood on its hands than it ever bargained for, hence the fox who bit off a child’s finger in its own home in London, just recently.

Since the hunting ban, foxes have increased in frightening numbers. They are starting as wolves before them did. They are getting braver and braver. They enter agricultural buildings with impunity, even when humans and dogs are present.

It won’t be long before they do the same in urban areas.

Foxes are the conmen of the animal world. Never mind their cuddly looks and sleek movement, they are cunning, evil, wild and vicious vermin.

I used to respect and support the RSPCA. Not any more. As far as foxes and their cunning evil habits go, the RSPCA hasn’t a clue and if they had any conscience they would give a rebate to all the good people who supported them, but didn’t support a ban on fox hunting.

Take it from mystic Ken, they will regret the day they fell in love with Reynard.

Ken Holmes, Cliffe Common, Selby.

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12:58pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Buzz Light-year says...

Re: Heather Causnett's letter.

I was in agreement for the first two paragraphs then when I saw the words "violent, addictive, neglectful and slovenly mothers." I knew instantly who the author was.

The letter then degenerated into the usual hysterical wibbling and generalisation based on a minority of sensational stories and that strange (self-admitted) attitude towards females.

Using an unrelated story to roll out the pet rant.
Now where have I seen that before?!
Re: Heather Causnett's letter. I was in agreement for the first two paragraphs then when I saw the words "violent, addictive, neglectful and slovenly mothers." I knew instantly who the author was. The letter then degenerated into the usual hysterical wibbling and generalisation based on a minority of sensational stories and that strange (self-admitted) attitude towards females. Using an unrelated story to roll out the pet rant. Now where have I seen that before?! Buzz Light-year
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12:59pm Mon 18 Feb 13

/kev/null says...

Oh Mystic Ken, did you really just call a species 'evil'?

Also where are you getting your information about the boom in the fox population? Tory campaign leaflets? Fox numbers are stable - ask DEFRA.

If you want to stop foxes from approaching humans then you need to teach humans to stop feeding foxes. Declaring them to be 'evil' only makes you look deranged.
Oh Mystic Ken, did you really just call a species 'evil'? Also where are you getting your information about the boom in the fox population? Tory campaign leaflets? Fox numbers are stable - ask DEFRA. If you want to stop foxes from approaching humans then you need to teach humans to stop feeding foxes. Declaring them to be 'evil' only makes you look deranged. /kev/null
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2:49pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Scarlet Pimpernel says...

Buzz Light-year wrote:
Re: Heather Causnett's letter. I was in agreement for the first two paragraphs then when I saw the words "violent, addictive, neglectful and slovenly mothers." I knew instantly who the author was. The letter then degenerated into the usual hysterical wibbling and generalisation based on a minority of sensational stories and that strange (self-admitted) attitude towards females. Using an unrelated story to roll out the pet rant. Now where have I seen that before?!
Much as I would like to, I can't link this with my housebuilding protest (against CoYC) agenda.

So, all I will say is, leave foxes alone, one incident like this has been blown out of all proportion, and until is's an every day ocurrence like dog bites, then no need to be hysterical about it. there are more serious issues to complain about - like the lack of housebuilding ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Buzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: Re: Heather Causnett's letter. I was in agreement for the first two paragraphs then when I saw the words "violent, addictive, neglectful and slovenly mothers." I knew instantly who the author was. The letter then degenerated into the usual hysterical wibbling and generalisation based on a minority of sensational stories and that strange (self-admitted) attitude towards females. Using an unrelated story to roll out the pet rant. Now where have I seen that before?![/p][/quote]Much as I would like to, I can't link this with my housebuilding protest (against CoYC) agenda. So, all I will say is, leave foxes alone, one incident like this has been blown out of all proportion, and until is's an every day ocurrence like dog bites, then no need to be hysterical about it. there are more serious issues to complain about - like the lack of housebuilding ;-) Scarlet Pimpernel
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6:30pm Mon 18 Feb 13

NoMorePlease says...

Ken, you are wrong. Fox hunting never reduced fox numbers. It is the encroachment of urbania on country that is more to blame.
Ken, you are wrong. Fox hunting never reduced fox numbers. It is the encroachment of urbania on country that is more to blame. NoMorePlease
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10:29am Tue 19 Feb 13

NickPheas says...

Does Ken Holmes honestly believe that fox hunts took place in the centre of cities?
Does Ken Holmes honestly believe that fox hunts took place in the centre of cities? NickPheas
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