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Bleeding Hearts

Telegraph | News | 'I say, we only winged the blighter. Will somebody finish it off?'

The Duke of Edinburgh was at the centre of an animal cruelty row yesterday after a fox was clubbed to death with a flagpole during a royal shoot.

The animal was initially shot and badly injured when it broke cover during a pheasant shoot at Sandringham, the Queen's private estate in Norfolk. The animal lay twitching on the ground for up to five minutes before it was "finished off" by a beater.

Gordon Brown has condemned the manner of fox's death as 'completely unacceptable' and 'deplorable', leaving the Prime Minister isolated in his refusal to speak out.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in a news conference with the Egyptian foreign minister on Monday, "We were disappointed there was not greater dignity given to the accused under these circumstances."

Finland's Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja said on Saturday evening that the European Union is opposed to the death penalty in all cases - including that of the Sandringham Fox.
"The European Union has always and consistently been against the use of capital punishment, also in this case",

Late News:

Tony Blair last night broke his silence on the fox's death by acknowledging that the manner of his death was "completely wrong". But he coupled criticism of the chaotic scene with a plea for recognition of the vermin's crimes.

Until last night Mr Blair had refused to comment on the execution, despite a chorus from senior ministers, including the deputy prime minister, John Prescott, and the chancellor, Gordon Brown, who both condemned the filming of the event as deplorable.


If you take a potshot at a fox with game shotguns loaded for pheasant shooting, then what on earth do you expect? A fox is much more robust than is a pheasant; three or four shots will stop one, but that's all.

The sensible thing to do is give it one more shot from close range to finish it off; that avoids it suddenly recovering and running off when someone walks over to club it, it also looks less cruel.

Mind you, if you're being sensible you simply put a blanket ban on ground game and sort out foxes later on with a rifle; gameguns simply don't pack the punch to kill foxes.

A deplorable incident, true. But it's amusing to see all the anti-hunting advocates who claimed that 'shooting is more humane that hunting with dogs' wriggle & twist...

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