Is killing foxes something to celebrate?

In response to former footballer and actor Vinnie Jones, posting an image on his Twitter account showing what appears to be more than 100 dead foxes, accompanied by the comment “A real night lamping #foxes anyone beat this?”, Philippa King, Chief Operating Officer for the League Against Cruel Sports, said:

“This is nothing less than a massacre. The extermination of such a large number of foxes cannot be interpreted as simply dealing with a rogue fox problem or wildlife management.

“Although the activity may be legal, there is no doubt it is unethical and likely totally unjustified – as fox populations are self-regulating.

“The joy expressed here highlights the true nature of this activity, which is killing wildlife for fun and has nothing to do with fox control.”

Mr Jones has since claimed that his Twitter account was hacked and that he didn’t post the tweet. Mr Jones has however previously tweeted about his love for ‘lamping’.

Screenshot of Vinnie Jones

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