Monday, June 14, 2010

Babies, Dogs, Burglars and Foxes

Baby dies in dog attack at home

With condolences and all due respect to the family whose babies were scratched and bitten by a fox, the timing of the recent story about foxes story seems far too suspicious to be ignored to me.

Barely a few weeks after the Conservatives (who's manifesto included the pledge to bring back foxhunting) get into power, we get a story splashed across ALL the UK newspapers about the dastardly foxes straight out of the children's books - boo, hiss, nasty, evil, cunning, deceitful Mr Fox. The call for blood letting starts immediately with a host of Tory MPs, Mayor Boris Johnson and the Tory press calling for a urban fox cull.

Isn't anyone just a little bit suspicious how this cunning clever ginger canine could be sooo stupid as to play right into Tory fear mongering and murdering hands.

We have families of foxes every year in our garden, yes they sometimes make a racket but now we have double glazing we rarely hear them. Has our cat ever been bothered by them? no! She doesn't seem to be the least bit phased by their presence when she faces them in the street. There are however a number of cats down our street that make her run for cover even when we are about to protect her.

Would I trust a fox with my baby, hell no, I'm not stupid , although more than I would trust leaving a baby outside a supermarket unattended with dangerous humans all around. ( 500 Child abductions PA , 7% children physically abused by parents / carers and over 11% of kids sexually abused , in 2009 over 34,000 children were registered as at risk and on Child Protection Plans )

Our cat has a magnetic key to open her cat flap (actually to stop the Toms following her in but it works for foxes too. Even before the magnetic flap in 10 years we only ever had one fox venture into the kitchen and the poor thing was petrified.

Keep your back door locked - not just to keep the foxes out but more to keep out burglars (3/4 million UK burglaries PA )

Logically we should be more afraid of dogs than foxes, foxes are much more likely to fully aware of whose at the top of the food chain, carries guns or has a pal with lots of horses and a pack of hounds gagging to rip a slow fox apart limb from limb.
Dog Attacks

5,221 people were treated during 2008-09 after dog attacks in England - up from 3,137 ten years earlier. The total includes 1,250 children, including many babies and toddlers.(Daily Mail Dec 2009)
Children killed by Dogs - Deaths by Dog attack - BBC

The whole fox thing is a complete Tory red herring to take your mind and attention of cuts in education and the health service. Don't fall for Boris Johnson's Testicular Tory Tirades.
The fox is an opportunist but their are far more dangerous opportunists than foxes out there, every town has them, Westminster is full of them but the have two legs not four.

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