UK Success! Sainsbury’s Will No Longer Shoot Foxes

The treatment of foxes is a topic that arouses strong passions in U.K. residents.

Sadly, there are those who still pursue fox hunting, even though it’s been illegal since 2004.

But most inhabitants of the U.K. love their foxes, and plenty of animal activists have stood up to defend the rights of these animals. Two years ago, a Care2 petition that garnered almost 155,000 signatures successfully persuaded the Scottish National Party and their leader Nicola Sturgeon pledged to vote against weakening the fox hunt ban.

Last year, another Care2 petition was successful in stopping the practice of killing foxes at Moseley Golf Course in Birmingham. The Club promised instead to “work with animal welfare organizations and other local golf clubs to look at alternative methods of controlling problems associated with foxes.”

A Third Win For Foxes!

Now we have another Care2 success for foxes, and this one happened quickly.

Earlier this month, shoppers at Sainsbury’s — a large supermarket chain in the U.K. — were alarmed when they learned that exterminators had shot a fox trapped in a cage outside their Crayford, Kent, superstore.

A spokesperson for the company released this statement:

“A number of foxes have tried to gain access to the store on several occasions.

As a food retailer, this presents a health risk to both our colleagues and customers so we consulted pest control experts.”

Annette Ashton decided to create a Care2 petition, demanding that Sainsbury’s use a “Humane Pest Controller to deter problem foxes, and not an Exterminator to shoot foxes.” She added in the petition that she was, “calling for a boycott of their stores until they do!”

Care2 Members Weigh In

Care2 activists added their comments on the petition:

“I cannot believe what I have just read. I will certainly not shop at Sainsburys again (even though this will be an inconvenience),” wrote Bridget G., from the U.K.

Over 46,000 Care2 members signed up to support Ashton, and on June 16 she learned that her petition had succeeded. 

Here’s how she announced the good news:

“Well done everyone! Sainsbury’s has responded and changed their policy! They pledged that in future only humane deterrents will be used if there is a fox problem. Our campaign clearly worked because they added this pledge to their statement today, 16 June. Whilst they admitted three male foxes had been shot at Crayford, they claim that two female foxes were released not killed. If true then the cubs should be OK.”

It was claimed that Sainsbury’s shot a mother fox, an assertion that the chain flatly denied, but as you can read, the company did admit to killing three male foxes.

In their announcement on June 16, the company wrote:

“We’ve completed a thorough review of how pest control was managed at our Crayford store, which involved the release of two mother foxes and extermination of three males. An independent expert has confirmed our contractor correctly followed industry guidelines and in the interests of the safety of our customers and colleagues.

“We understand the killing of foxes is a topic close to the hearts of many of our customers. Safety will always be our top priority, but we have worked with our contractor to set out new processes. In the extremely rare event there are issues with foxes in the future, we can confirm that we would only use humane deterrents.”

mother-and-baby-fox

Photo Credit: Tony Hisgett

Foxes Are Not Vermin

Foxes sometimes get a bad rap as cunning figures of trickery, as in such stories as The Three Little Pigs and Reynard The Fox.

In reality, foxes are not vermin, but nature’s natural pest controller: They eat rats, mice, snails and human litter and so perform an important function.

Congratulations to Ashton and all you Care2 activists who signed her petition.

And if you have an issue where you’d like to make a difference, why not start your own petition? Care2 will help you get started, and soon Care2 members will be signing up to support you.

 

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112 comments

KimJ ManyIssues
KimJ M10 months ago

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KimJ M10 months ago

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KimJ M10 months ago

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KimJ M10 months ago

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KimJ M10 months ago

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Marie W
Marie Wabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Melania Padilla
Melania Pabout a year ago

We should be able to shoot some humans.....

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One Heart i
One Heart inc1 years ago

Thanks!!!!

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Jeramie D
Jeramie D1 years ago

So glad they are going to stop torturing and murdering innocent animals.

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Toni W
Toni W1 years ago

Disgusting humans - how can they do this to innocent babies??

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