Number of Foxes Killed in Scotland Increases After Ban

Hunts in Scotland claim that since hunting with dogs was banned, the number of foxes killed by hunts has skyrocketed to 250 since August, compared to a total of 140 foxes killed in all of 2000 (there was no hunting at all in 2001 due to foot-and-mouth restrictions).

Under the ban, hunting foxes is allowed to eliminate pests, but the foxes have to be shot rather than killed by dogs — except if the hunter can prove that he intended to shoot the fox but the animal was killed by the dogs.

Joe Scott Plummer of the Buccleuch Hunt told Scotland on Sunday that by December 2000, his hunt had killed 30 foxes, but by December 2002, they had killed 65 foxes. According to Scott Plummer, the increase was due to a combination of there being more foxes to hunt because of the 2001 restrictions, as well as it being easier to kill a fox with a gun than with dogs. Scott Plummer said,

Traditional hunting was the natural cunning of the fox pitched against the natural cunning of the hounds, but as soon as a gun is introduced then the odds become heavily weighted against the fox surviving. In the past there would be a possibility that a fox would be able to escape the hounds, and often they did. However, with the guns, however fit or fast a fox, once it’s been flushed out then it doesn’t really stand a chance.

Scotland on Sunday quoted Les Ward of Advocates for Animals as being skeptical of the claims of increased killings of foxes saying, “They would say it’s business as usual, but I can tell you that it’s not.”


Hunts claim fox deaths soar after ban. Claire Gardner, Scotland On Sunday, December 8, 2002.

Queen Elizabeth Dons Fur Coat, Angers Activists

Queen Elizabeth was photographed wearing a fur coat as she entered the Canadian assembly building in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Queen is visiting Canada as part of her golden jubilee.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told The Herald (UK) that the Queen wore the fur coat because of freezing temperatures in Canada, which did little to allay complaints from animal rights activists.

According to a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals statement,

Just because it is cold weather, that does not mean the Queen has to be cold-hearted. There are many warm fabric coats available which are made without breaking the necks of animals or electrocuting.

Advocates for Animals’ director Les Ward told The Herald,

Whether they are old or new, for the majority of people it is no longer acceptable to wear fur coats. It is about time that the Royal family realized this and decided to set an example to the rest of the world.


Anger as Queen wears fur coat. Vicky Collins, The Herald (UK), October 10, 2002.