It was the this blog that broke the news that urban foxes had broken into the new stadium complex and inevitably caused damaged, not limited to chowing down on the artificial playing surface.
The club has finally acknowledged this happened and what precisely occurred.
The law stipulates that the most humane way to deal with an intruding fox is to capture it and humanely dispatch it with a firearm. Once captured in a cage it is illegal to release a fox. Capturing it and illegally releasing it in a rural area is considered cruel to the urban fox.
We have insisted that should cages be required, they may only be put out when the specialist company is in close proximity to immediately deal with any fox captured. We are not, however, currently using cages to capture foxes. If it is possible to catch with a rope and release any fox that may enter we shall do so, albeit in the knowledge that it will probably run straight back in.
One eyewitness told The Sun that one fox waited in a cage for 5 hours to be shot.
HH says: Point of information. Just like the businesses, tenants and members of the Haringey community that were forced to make way for the ENIC expansion – the foxes were there first.
Secondly, NOBODY in their right mind would have ever suggested releasing the foxes into a rural area or anywhere unfamiliar.
Thirdly, is it not the responsibility of ENIC to make sure their premises are secure?
If I don’t lock my doors and windows, then my insurance would also be voided.
These killings wouldn’t stop other foxes getting back in.
Or do the ghosts of the foxes Levy ordered to be shot visit their foxy relatives in the middle of the night and warn them of the danger?
Urban foxes are a valuable part of the city’s ecosystem. They aren’t marauding the streets in gangs, their numbers haven’t increased in London since the 1970’s.
They eat rats, mice and a whole load of other stuff man has no affinity to. Foxes generally speaking live in harmony with humans – even inner-city ones.
I can think of lots of individuals I’d like to see caged then shot, and they all have just the 2 legs.