Letter: Predatory foxes will continue to be killed

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Sir: Anna Pavord ('What's so special about a fox?', 2 November) appears refreshingly unlike Macaulay's Puritan who 'hated bear-baiting not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators'.

It seems clear that we shall go on killing (predatory) foxes by one means or another; as, in a predominantly meat-eating society, we shall continue to transport and to kill farm animals. I think Macbeth got it right with his:

If it were done when 'tis done,

then 'twere well

It were done quickly

I would add, and humanely.

Yours faithfully,


Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire