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Fox shot and beaten at Sandringham

Posted 23 January 2007
Charge him!

Animal Aid has called for the man who beat and stamped on a fox while out shooting pheasants at Sandringham with Prince Philip to be prosecuted under the 1996 Wild Mammals Protection Act. The RSPCA have now announced that they are conducting an investigation with a view to a possible prosecution.

The fox ran from his cover and was blasted with shotgun pellets. He fell to the ground twitching and the un-named man then beat him over the head with a pole. Four minutes later, when the last of the birds had been shot from the sky, the man returned to the fox and stamped on him before throwing his lifeless body into a hedge.

The comments of Animal Aid's Director, Andrew Tyler were widely reported across the media. He said:

'This poor fox should not have been killed in the first place. But it is outrageous that Prince Philip and his pals carried on shooting for fun while he was in his agonised death throes.'

The incident drew universal condemnation from those who saw the shocking photos and read the account.

Foxes are just one of many victims of the shooting industry. The large numbers of pheasants and partridges inevitably attract - and, in fact, boost the populations of - predator species such as stoats, weasels, foxes and members of the crow family. Gamekeepers deliberately kill them by setting traps and snares. But species ranging from badgers to cats and dogs - even protected birds of prey like owls and kestrels - are caught and killed. Millions of animals are slaughtered every year in these 'predator control' programmes.

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