Proponents of fox hunting view it as an important part of rural culture, and useful for reasons of conservation and pest control, while opponents argue that it is cruel and unnecessary.
Is it legal for farmers to shoot foxes?
Foxes don’t have protected legal status, so it’s not an offence to shoot them – provided you have the landowner’s permission and the relevant firearms licence. Some other methods of killing, like using poisons, are illegal however.
Why is fox hunting cruel?
Why is fox hunting bad? Scientific evidence shows that the animals targeted in fox hunting suffer physical and mental stress when chased by a hunt, whether or not they are eventually killed.
Do foxes eat cats?
Keeping cats safe: A typical adult cat is almost the same size as a fox and has a well-deserved reputation for self-defense, so foxes are generally not interested in taking such cats on. Kittens and very small (less than five pounds) adult cats, however, could be prey for a fox.
Do foxes kill for fun?
Foxes do not hunt in packs, nor do they kill for pleasure. If let loose in a hen coop they will kill everything in sight but their intention is to bury their prey for leaner times.