Foxes Unearthed Book Review - #30DaysWild Day 13
I've missed a couple of days because I was away at a wedding, but on the way there I managed to get through a bit of the book I've been reading. It's called Foxes Unearthed by Lucy Jones and, as you can probably guess, is all about foxes and the attitudes we have towards them in Britain.
Much of the book talks about fox hunting, and the various different viewpoints on this controversial subject, but the first chapter looks at foxes in folklore, as well as more modern literature. From ancient fables to Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox, the fox has always been a cunning trickster, but seems to have evolved from a ruthless and cruel, to clever and dashing, almost something to be respected.
The cases for and against hunting are both discussed, although many facts and expert opinions provide rebuttals to many of the 'for' arguments. For example, many farmers claim foxes kill lambs, but evidence suggests this isn't true, and that foxes are simply scavenging for meat that is already dead. Also, one farmer actively encourages foxes onto her farm, saying that rabbits and hares do more damage to the crops, and foxes help manage this problem naturally. A pest controller who kills hundreds of foxes every year is also interviewed, but at home he cares for a semi-domesticated fox which he rescued as a cub.
I'm only half way through, but it's a really interesting book so far. Of course, I love foxes and think fox hunting is disgusting, and the author seems very much in this camp too, so if you are a fan of foxes and want to learn more about them, then this is a great book. On the other hand, if you are pro-hunting for whatever reason (Maybe you think we shouldn't get rid of our countryside 'traditions'?) then a read of this book might persuade you to think about these beautiful animals a bit more.