Seek Humane Solution to Rid Urban Areas of Foxes

Red Fox

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]

Photo credit: Kevin Law via Wikimedia Commons

Sign the Petition

  • Only your name will be displayed. By signing, you accept our terms and may receive updates on this and related causes.
FacebookCare2 NewsTwitterEmailShare


  1. The problem here is that there are too many humans on this planet disrupting the natural order of things and acting as if they are the boss of this planet. We are not the boss but the destroyers of this planet and pity all the other species having to share with the human race.

    • that is how i feel, i wish i could reverse what we have done, but i know it is impossible after whiping out so many species of animals plants and trees and the destruction of the landscape and poisoning the ocean rivers and lakes.

      • That is what most humans think,that its all too late.
        NO IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO CHANGE AND CHANGE WE MUST ,trouble is humans are too greedy and only think of them all right jack ,fuck everyone and everything else as long as im alright

    • Deborah Demmer says:

      I agree….we are like aliens to this planet…

    • Exactly. Well said.

  2. The control of foxes by killing or relocating is not recommended in urban areas for a number of reasons. Primarily, fox control is not advisable because it does not reduce the fox population over a prolonged period of time. The empty territory created would soon be occupied by another family of foxes. If foxes are causing a nuisance then the best recommendation is to exclude them from the vicinity where the damage occurs e.g. your garden.

    Consider whether they are genuinely causing a nuisance. If they are, there are a number of measures which can be taken to deter foxes from your garden without harming them. These include:
    •Fencing, which requires to be a strong weld-mesh wire dug in to at least 60cm and to a height of at least 2 metres.
    •The use of chemical repellents, which can be obtained at garden centres, DIY stores and ironmongers. Spray these liberally (always following the label instructions) around your boundary or at places where you know the fox is gaining entry, or at spots of known activity such as digging or resting.
    •Do not put out food for them and make sure household waste is disposed of in a secured bin. If you feed the birds in your garden, use feeders and bird tables, and if you do put food out on the ground, do so in the morning, never in the evening.
    •Enjoy your garden! Human activity is the best deterrent.

    If you discover an active fox den in your garden, it would be cruel and illegal to block up the entrance or take measures to evict the cubs. Cubs are born in March and abandon the den completely by August or September, so it is best to wait until September and then fill the entrance lightly with sand, if necessary repeating this daily until any remaining animals are persuaded to abandon the den.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Facebook Comments


1276 Signatures

  • Jessica Claudio
  • Janet Delaney
  • joan walker
  • sheila childs
  • Chris Verhaegen
  • Jill Ballard
  • Alice Rim
  • Erin Borozny
  • Holly Hall
  • Jill Thompson
1 of 128123...128
Skip to toolbar