Friday, 4 August 2017

What a Pratt

We are still losing the battle against the endless dry weather that we've had all year. Every time that we've been lucky enough to get a few hours of rain or the occasional storm, it is immediately followed by drying weather. On Wednesday afternoon/evening we had a few hours of much needed rain but yesterday the whole day saw gale force, blustery winds and spells of warm sunshine and today is very similar. Within hours all semblance of dampness in the ground had disappeared and this has been the case after every wet spell this year, so the drought goes on. Mind you, with a few dry and sunny days now ahead, the local arable farmers will be pleased, they are well behind with harvesting the wheat and barley. They have been plagued by regular showers, which although not prolonged, have the effect of making the corn to damp to harvest for a day or so and so things have been very stop-start and frustrating.
The picture below appeared on the front page of our local paper this week. In one of the roads in our village, a road with houses both sides of the road, this dead fox appeared, hanging from the gates of a house, alongside the pavement, with a snare around it's neck. It has been suggested that the owner of the house snared the fox in his back garden but instead of quietly disposing of it, it was deliberately hung on the gate as some kind of trophy. As you can imagine, neighbours were appalled and called in RSPCA representatives who are also in the picture. Unfortunately there was little they or the police could do because the snaring of foxes is a legal pursuit in this country but what a pratt the owner must be to draw such attention to himself. Apparently he has had to take a stay away from the house now to escape local abuse .
Now I'm no Anti, I don't have a problem with foxes, or other pest species being culled, but not by the snaring method which involves the animal putting it's head through a wire noose which if it isn't set properly, slowly chokes the animal as it struggles to get free.  

8 comments:

  1. Looks as though we are back here Derek to the days when gamekeepers hung their trophy magpies, stoats and the like in rows on a wire. I agree wholeheartedly with your attitude here - stupid people indeed.

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  2. You're right Pat but to do it where he did it is clear stupid and he now seems to be reaping the abuse that he deserves.

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  3. Derek,
    I can only hope that this sad individual felt minded to snare a fox because it was causing a problem with his chickens, or similar. To have displayed the corpse in such fashion is testament to the mentality of the idiot who committed such a barbaric act. The farm behind my garden is home to a large free range flock of geese, plus a few peacocks, and foxes are a problem. The solution is to use a gun and it's as humane as it can be. The corpses certainly aren't displayed as trophies. Vermin control is an integral part of the countryside, what this moron has done is well worthy of the blog title - What a pratt!

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  4. What a jerk to do that, he should have known that people would be up in arms about it.

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  5. I wouldn't want to drink in the same pub as a man who had killed a fox like that - and then proudly displayed it. Let's hope the local reaction makes him reconsider his actions but he has probably got a brain the size of a dried pea.

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  6. You're probably right about the brain size YP and what he deserves but I do wonder if there had been some aggro between him and the neighbours about encouraging foxes, etc., that caused him to react how he did. Time will tell.

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  7. Are they sure it was him? Maybe he's been setup. Local grudge? Vendetta? Prank?

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