There are reports of Hackney Council potentially planning on undertaking a mass culling of urban foxes in the area.
Keep The Ban actively stands against this unnecessary and cruel act, which was previously attempted by the very same council in 2015 but met with outcry from animal activists and subsequently suspended.
The Hackney Citizen states that a local resident has urged the mayor to go ahead with the cull, claiming foxes are ‘a potential vector for the transmission of Covid’. The use of the word ‘potential’ reflects the lack of evidence towards this claim, which further strengthens the case against the potential decision. Along with the Government’s general advice on animals being highly unlikely to spread COVID-19, the ‘National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Division of Viral Diseases’ suggests “at this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 to people”.
Not only is this potential decision to kill these creatures cruel, but to do so based on speculation is profoundly inhumane, regardless of any intention of making the murders ‘humane’ -a real oxymoron. These are wild animals that should be left to roam freely, similarly to other urban wildlife.
Hackney Council has a history of difficulty with the fox population and whilst we acknowledge that not everyone can favour these furry friends, it should be noted that the decision to kill a large amount of wildlife founded upon ‘potentials’ and ‘what ifs’ is unacceptable and Keep The Ban will continue to campaign against such a decision.
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Dear Hackney Council,
Following the reports that you potentially plan on undertaking a mass cull of urban foxes in the area, I urge you to suspend any plans to do so.
While I acknowledge that foxes can’t be favoured by everyone, there is no evidence that these innocent creatures transmit Covid, but merely speculative comparisons to minks. The government state that it is highly infrequent for animals to contract the virus, and therefore the likelihood of catching a disease from a rat remains significantly higher than any animal contracting Covid.
To kill these creatures is cruel, but to do so based on speculation is profoundly inhumane, regardless of any intention of making the murders ‘humane’, a real oxymoron. These are wild animals that should be left to roam freely, similarly to other urban wildlife.
I hope you will reconsider and make the correct decision.