This idea is important as foxes are not in danger of extinction but my hens are. The only practical control measure in this terrain should not be illegal.
Repeal or change the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002
and the Hunting Act 2004.
Having lost 20 hens to foxes sofar this year (out of a small group producing 3 to 10 eggs per day), I met a fox chasing a cloud of flapping squaking hens in my garden last Sunday.
I had my dogs with me, but under current legislation am not allowed to let them “hunt” the fox.
What lunacy! The fox vanished into cover where there is no possibility of shooting, and has been back since.
The hens are not happy if they are shut in. I feel my rights to keep free range hens should take precedence over the rights granted to foxes by the previous government.
Please repeal or change this misguided legislation and untie my hands.