Queen guitarist Brian May has added his voice to those who are calling for the ban on a golfer who beat a fox at the Peterculter Golf Club in Scotland.
Last year 55-year old Donald Forbes beat a fox nearly to death with a golf club after he saw it trying to steal a biscuit from his belongings. According to the Daily Record, another group of golfers found it after they heard it “screaming in agony,” at which point another golfer reportedly had to put it out of its misery. Forbes was charged with animal cruelty, paid a fine of $1,210 USD (£750 ) and was suspended from the club for nine months.
Forbes denied any wrongdoing, saying he only injured the fox in an attempt to scare it off, but witnesses stated otherwise and called the police and the Scottish SPCA, according to The Sun. According to the Press and Journal, an animal-cruelty officer described it as a “brutal and sickening” attack.
Incidentally, fox was also tame. There’s a lovely photo of the fox in question standing at someone’s foot in The Sun, which also reported that it was a “popular fixture” at the club and was fed often my members.
Animal lovers and activists, including the group Fox Watch, protested at the club last weekend and are asking that Forbes be banned for life. May, a long time animal rights supporter and activist has added his voice in support of the ban.
“It’s evident that the vast majority of the British public are disgusted by cruelty to animals, as shown by the public outcry against this particularly senseless piece of brutality.
“The members of this Aberdeen club have the opportunity to show their disapproval in an appropriate way – by banning this unsavoury character for life. But they seem to be unready,” said May.
A lawyer for the club has stated that they examined Forbes’ unblemished record through the years when considering whether or not to reinstate him, and that doing so in no way condones his actions, reports the Scotsman.
Paul McDonald, who organized Fox Watch’s protest last weekend, said that “By reinstating the golfer, it seems as though the club is saying ‘it’s OK’. The group is now asking people to boycott the club, or to complain.
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