I Love foxes, but what he said is true. Foxes in a lot of countries are considered pest animals. For examples in UK from the cancellation of fox hunting their number has been increased to an dangerous level. Forced by hunger, caused by a decrease of their preys, they have attacked children.
That's a myth. Decades before the fox hunting ban, we already had a massive urban fox population. There have been very few cases of fox attacks on humans, and they've all been urban foxes.
The fox hunts that are now banned were all in rural areas, and had no effect on urban foxes. They were ceremonial, and did not make any significant dent in fox numbers. What was being protected was a traditional sport of the upper class, and it was banned because of the cruelty: the foxes were run to exhaustion and then ripped apart. Of course, rural foxes are a problem for farmers, and they have always and still continue to shoot them to protect their livestock. They use no more than two dogs to drive out the foxes into open running so that they can be shot.
The intensity of the shot astounds me, it's a very good picture and really captures how normal this is for the humans in the photo. Really, I understand why animals need to be killed, I'm a hunter myself and enjoy hunting turkey's every fall because they breed all spring and summer. We have a big deer problem in Maryland too, so I know when the wildlife crosses from 'background noise' to 'real problem' I don't get why people make such a fuss over hunting animals the really NEED to be hunted.
They already came. A whole army of them. Almost everyone were wiped out, there's only a few survivors... Many of them are traumatized, suffering from PTSD. You can hear them chattering in the corners, curled up into little balls... "Ring ding ding ding dingringdingding... Hatee hatee hatee ho..."
Congrats on your DD!!! Awesome shot of This everyday normal lives of people throughout the world. I was raised on a ranch and although I am not a big meat eater of any kind I do understand why they shoot and kill these animals. It does make me sad but it is just life. If they were left uncontrolled think of the downfall. .
I think I'm going to just favorite this because it's a photo that can say a lot about how I feel about things...
First off, I do like foxes, but unlike everyone else here, I'm very well aware that these animals are pests and a threat to some areas. However, if you're going to throw a stupid temper-tantrum over the killing of vulpines, let me give you a shock of reality;
- We fine thousands of sharks a day, that is we cut off the fins of the shark why they are still alive so we can eat it, and then throw them back out into the ocean to suffer and die. Sharks are important to ocean ecosystems because they help keep certain animals under control, and thus the decreasing number of sharks is causing dead seals to pile up on our Californian coastline because the seals are overpopulating and exhausting their resources, thus resulting in starvation in seals. But why don't people stop killing sharks? Because we're afraid of them and think they're ugly.
- The mid-western United States and the southern mid-western Canada is home to the great plains, which happens to hold some of the world's most fertile soil and almost all of North America's rivers. However, big oil is turning the rolling prairie into a wasteland thanks to Hydraulic Fracturing (or "fracking" as some of us "oil geeks" like to call it) in which the waterways are getting contaminated and the homes of thousands of birds and reptiles is going to waste... Of course, nobody says anything about it because they seem to hate birds and reptiles, let alone, a lot of people have this big misconception that the great plains = boring, flat wasteland of grass and shrubs...
- Of course, you can call me an idiot American here, but if this is in Norway, then I could expect that reindeer herding happens in this region. Ya know, an animal that is extremely important for it's fur and meat, as well as to get humiliated during the Christmas season? I don't think I'd want too many foxes, wolves, and big cats trying to eat my livestock of the fluffy hoofed friend...
Really, there's more to the freaking animal kingdom than cats, dogs, wolves, foxes, and rodents. If anything, those flea-bags I mentioned are incredibly stupid, very smelly, aren't even that amazing in terms of survival and hunting skills, and overall are not what everyone has to care about.
As for the artist who shared this with us, I'm sorry for going off on a rant like that, but I really get tired of the stupid views people have on animals... Nature isn't a freaking popularity or "cutest animal around" contest...
Let me start by saying, I really don't mind all the comments. Bring them on! There's nothing like evoking some proper emotion, good or bad in people with your work when you make your living as a photojournalist!
And I totally agree with you that people need to stop and think a bit further than just "is the animal cute or not" the eco system is a bloody precious thing that we as humans have a real responsibility to take care of. And the fact that this one hunter was able to put down in excess of 1000 foxes in a rather small area shows the real need for culling the population.
Thanks for sharing your insightful thoughts and comments! I really do appreciate it!
Well, you did visit my profile page and gallery, and being that I'm one of those dreaded "furry" types, I worry if my credibility was shot out of the water... Especially given that I'm not a photographer or photojournalist of any kind.
Ah well, I firmly believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion and deserve my respect until proven otherwise So to me, it really doesn't matter if you're a photographer, "furry" or whatever else. I love the feedback I'm getting regardless of petty things like that!
This is a great shot, it really shows how this is their life, they have been living it for a long time, and it's normal. It tells a story!
Lots of people have been seeing only negative things in the shot: the dead foxes. But what they don't understand is that foxes are very big problem and nuisance for LOTS of different reasons. This way of life exists, and it's normal. Humans were hunting all kinds of animals as we grew and evolved, there is not really a need for hunting nowadays, so it's gotten a bad name by people who don't fully understand it.
Lots of animals, foxes included, need to be culled (killed to maintain the population) so that the humans can live comfortably, there is NO other way around it. It's a fact of life that people gotta get over :/
Anyways, beautiful shot, and congrats on the well deserved DD!