Target: Mayor of London Boris Johnson
Goal: Seek humane and ethical solution to fox problem in London
Londoners are getting fed up with the fox problem in the city. Called pests or vermin, foxes will dig up gardens or the trash, attack pets, and have even attacked babies. Unfortunately, the problem has resulted in a method of pest control that animal activists are calling cruel and inhumane. Clients are paying for people to shoot foxes, oftentimes from the comfort of their homes, and many are calling foul. As a city full of animal lovers, London and the rest of the United Kingdom should search for more humane ways to remove foxes from urban areas.
While shooting foxes is legal in the United Kingdom, the topic is still controversial. The country has a long history of respecting animal rights, and foxes in particular are a sensitive subject. Homeowners who have become frustrated with foxes call upon fox snipers to remove the pests. The New York Times covered such a case, and both the client and sniper refused to have their last names published in the article for fear of being threatened or harassed.
Foxes have both enemies and friends. The problem is perpetuated by the fact that some people encourage the animal’s presence by feeding it food and leaving trash out. Without boundaries, foxes have called urban areas their home. There have been cases where foxes have entered a home through a cat flap to steal various food items. Other times it results in the foxes being injured.
There are humane solutions to the fox problem, such as spraying areas with a synthetic fox urine. The smell will keep foxes away from restricted areas, thereby keeping the animals and humans safe from harm. However, for such humane measures to be taken seriously, the mayor of London needs to support these solutions. Sign this petition and urge Mayor Boris Johnson to reinforce these humane methods for the entirety of London.
Dear Mayor Johnson,
Londoners are growing frustrated with foxes, as these creatures are digging up gardens and trash cans, hurting pets, and being a nuisance. Some of these citizens have resorted to calling in fox snipers, who kill these animals on sight. Animal welfare activists are calling foul, as foxes shouldn’t be killed for seeking food or finding new territory.
I am writing this letting urging you and your staff to seek out other humane solutions to this problem. Foxes, like other animals, have a place in our ecosystem. These animals shouldn’t be killed for digging gardens or seeking food. Humane options such as relocating them or placing fake scents should be pioneered and I’m asking your staff to do this. Please campaign for animal rights and welfare, as foxes deserve living space.
[Your Name Here]
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