Saturday, November 01, 2014

Animal Rights Once Said Terriers Were Solution

A hungry fox patrols the edges of a duck pen.

From the BBC (2005)
Fox Hunting To Fore 45 years Ago
  • A ban on using fox traps could have been lifted 45 years ago Scottish ministers considered ditching a ban on "extremely cruel" fox traps 45 years ago, it has emerged.

The countryside lobby complained to the Scottish Office in 1969 that attacks on lambs were soaring due to the ban on gin traps which have serrated jaws.

The devices were laid in the middle of pools and would shut and drag a fox into the water where it would drown.

National Archives of Scotland documents released on New Year's Day revealed the plans to listen to the landowners.

The government papers from 1971 showed then Scottish Secretary Gordon Campbell told lobbyists he would bear in mind their case.

But he told them he would have to balance their arguments carefully against those of other interests before taking any action.

However, ministers later told the Scottish Landowners Federation and the National Farmers Union (NFU) of Scotland they would not lift the ban because such a move would spark outcry from animal welfare groups.

Instead they advised landowners to use more "humane" methods of culling foxes such as hunting with dogs, shooting, snaring, poisoning or gassing.


Viatecio said...

The problem with terriers though, they're not a "quick fix." Terriers require some training to refine their art. Poison, shooting, trapping, etc is all hands-off and instant gratification. Plus, you have to let the dog find the sette instead of luring the fox out in the open...but I'd love to see them in action! Maybe you can go on a trip with Mountain and Pearl :P

Kind of reminds me of the deer overpopulation in suburbia problem: the AR people want "birth control pellets" set out while the city councils usually just hire bowhunters. I know TNR works with feral cats, but does the simliar hands-off solution work with deer? I'd just rather shoot and donate the meat.

ChrisEstMonNom said...

Animal rights didn't exist back then. What you mean is animal welfare.