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    Fox releases

    Just a thought as I get a bit bored with the idea that foxes are being released all over the countryside. Would the RSPCA have to respond to a freedom for information request regarding the number of foxes they capture and/or treat in a year?

    They way people talk about released foxes you get the impression it must be into the thousands and I find that pill a bit hard to swallow!!

    I DO ACCEPT that some are released as I have seen pictures of animals that have clearly had surgery. However I am sure many "recovered" mangy foxes are not. Hairloss or loss of condition can be for a large number of reasons, many of which we are ignorant to.

    Anyway I just wondered if we could force the RSPCA hand a bit as they are a charity or does the freedom of information only apply to government?

    cheers

    ps I am not having a go Paddy as for 1 thing I know that peoples experiences with foxes varies enormously in different areas of the country

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    my guess is you will have as much luck getting that info out of the RSPCA as I did getting the total value of venison sales out of the Forestry Commission!

    Data has to exist for them to give it to you.
    if they don't keep it they can't break any data laws

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    The antis are denying that any foxes are released by any animal charities at all so I would doubt the RSPCA would even consider playing ball.Theres a pro-fox website somewhere that spouts a lot of rubbish about this and other related subjects but I can't think of it for the life of me at the moment.
    As for the FC venson revenue I was told by a FC Wildlife Ranger that they have been burying carcasses!The same bloke has also said that they have all had to swap to .308s recently too as a cost measure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perdix View Post
    The antis are denying that any foxes are released by any animal charities at all so I would doubt the RSPCA would even consider playing ball.Theres a pro-fox website somewhere that spouts a lot of rubbish about this and other related subjects but I can't think of it for the life of me at the moment.
    As for the FC venson revenue I was told by a FC Wildlife Ranger that they have been burying carcasses!The same bloke has also said that they have all had to swap to .308s recently too as a cost measure.
    Have a look at the website for "the fox project" at Pembury, they boast how many they have released, i think it run into thousands, last year i got a bottle of whisky off the sporting rifle after getting a letter published by them about it.

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    I'll have a butchers at that,thanks.

    Must say ,when I was keepering I snared 3 adult foxes on one beet field(outside wheeling) in August one of which had obvious stitch scars on its fore leg! We were close to a National Trust property and I often wondered if they had perhaps been released there

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    Dear oh dear!

    Mind after reading through all of the bragging it was good to see Rolf Harris found time to help them out in between his less PC activities,the upstanding member of society that he is

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    its usualy privately owned rescue centers so you wont get any figures , google "little foxes" and feel free to let Penny Little know what you think

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    Quote Originally Posted by trouble View Post
    its usualy privately owned rescue centers so you wont get any figures , google "little foxes" and feel free to let Penny Little know what you think

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    The RSPCA is a complicated organisation that operates in many layers. Fundamentally there is the parent organisation with all the money. They have the call centres and the inspectors. A lot of work at the local level is done by local groups associated with the RSPCA. They do their own fund-raising and spend their own money locally. They use the RSPCA branding. They tend to run the catteries and have charity shops in town.

    I don't believe for a single second that the central organisation has a policy of capture (treat/neuter etc) and release foxes from towns to the countryside. What the local groups use their money for is anyone's guess. My experiences of the local groups has been 'pot luck' depending who you speak to. They will contribute to vet fess in times of hardship if they feel like it, have the funds and the wind is blowing the right way. IF this is happening then it will be at local level and the main charity may be completely unaware.

    Section 161 of the Highways Act 1980 (England & Wales) makes it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights without lawful authority or excuse, if as a result a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache View Post
    The RSPCA is a complicated organisation that operates in many layers. Fundamentally there is the parent organisation with all the money. They have the call centres and the inspectors. A lot of work at the local level is done by local groups associated with the RSPCA. They do their own fund-raising and spend their own money locally. They use the RSPCA branding. They tend to run the catteries and have charity shops in town.

    I don't believe for a single second that the central organisation has a policy of capture (treat/neuter etc) and release foxes from towns to the countryside. What the local groups use their money for is anyone's guess. My experiences of the local groups has been 'pot luck' depending who you speak to. They will contribute to vet fess in times of hardship if they feel like it, have the funds and the wind is blowing the right way. IF this is happening then it will be at local level and the main charity may be completely unaware.
    Similar situation to a landowner who employs a keeper that gets caught killing birds of prey.
    Somehow the pleas of not being aware what was going on don't seem to work when its that way round though .I know that it is a simplified view and that the RSPCA are a larger organisation but.................

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