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We have an ambivalent relationship with the Fox. I tend to side with him and though he can be a great nuisance, he is admirable for his intelligence and is English in character which is why he got my vote. Read John Masefield's 'Reynard's Last Run' and you would agree. I saw a splendid dog-fox here in Hove a few nights ago cross one of the main roads by a bus-stop where a number of people were waiting. They parted to let him go past - he held his head up, he didn't hurry: it was clear he made a great impression. Such audacity is admirable in a wild creature.

Comment on The Fox posted 2006-11-23 by John Rivers-Vaughan from Hove, Sussex


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I have been watching countryside animals all my life. Although at times I have had some admiration for Charlie, my real admiration is for 'Puss' the Hare. Charlie is often cunning, or is portrayed as such. 'Puss' is much more so, and yet does not have that destructive tendancy of Charlie when he gets in with fowl. Puss has far more tricks up her sleeve than Charlie, and is yet far smaller and more open by nature.

Comment on The Fox posted 2006-08-07 by C S Pickles from Herefordshire


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I am tired of reading old chestnuts regarding the "wicked" fox and how it "decimates hen houses". If farmers didn't leave their hens in a silly little wooden box that a fox can easily break into, they wouldn't lose their birds!The fox needs to eat too, and like any carnivore, including man, it's going to take advantage of a multi-choice menu left out at night!

Comment on The Fox posted 2006-06-19 by Mrs Lesley S Robinson from Suffolk


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The fox is only an icon when it's being followed by a pack of hounds - are they going to be given iconic status, too? After all, we want to be fair! For those who think foxy woxy is cute - try telling that to someone who's had their henhouse decimated and the slaughtered remains left strewn around or the hill farmers who are losing lambs which mean the difference between profit and loss.

Comment on The Fox posted 2006-06-02 by Andy from Rural England


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How can a pest be an Icon of England? You might as well include grey squirels, or larger louts. It may be pretty but its still a pest, so are pigeons, seagulls, munkjack and magpies to name but a few, or locusts in Africa. I hope no one is daft enough to nominate any of them. Just because you may think of something in association with somewhere, doesn't make it an Icon.

Comment on The Fox posted 2006-06-02 by Ted May from Newbury


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Foxes are beautiful creatures, to see a fox reminds me of the wild English countryside. To kill them for sport, for so called fun or just because there are too many of them in some peoples eyes is disgusting. There are more humans on this earth than foxes, does that give crazy inhumane people the right to kill others for sport ? NO!

Comment on The Fox posted 2006-03-17 by Liz from Mauritius


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The fox, with its distinctive and pungent scent is only an icon of England when it is to be seen in all its healthy glory. Not when it is mangy, sick or elderly. It is truly a sight to see a healthy fox catching a rabbit. Not when it has past its natural life span and is scrounging from dustbins or stealing lambs and chickens. The fleeting glimpse of burnished copper disappearing into a hedge is tantalising, but the devastation a rogue fox can wreak on a hen hut is nothing short of total. The only fair way to keep our fox population healthy and deserving of the title of Icon is to use hounds to pick off the unfit, sick, and elderly foxes. Shooting is difficult and can be inaccurate, poisoning carries too many risks, gassing is indiscriminate. Hounds can only catch and kill the least fit foxes. Darwin said that improvements in species comes about by natural selection. He didn't include unslelective slaughter by humans as one of those means!

Comment on The Fox posted 2006-03-03 by Jen Cash from Yorkshire


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Let us keep England's fox population healthy by the natural culling of old and infirm animals. Without culling, the fox will become too numerous and a major nuisance to town and country alike.

Comment on The Fox posted 2006-03-02 by Marion from Warwickshire


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I love wildlife, and detest human cruelty; therefore I would be proud to have this as an icon of England.

Comment on The Fox posted 2006-02-17 by Chris Heatley from Dorchester. Dorset.


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Recently a whale died in the Thames - and the world watched and was sorry for its death. We heard how many whales are being hunted and killed, chased and dying a horrific death - sound familiar? And collectively, people are angry at the Japanese and Norwegians for this. But, it is very difficult for a British person to persuade these people not to hunt the whate, because we have not eradicated fox hunting from our shores in favour of a more humane way of killing it - should it be deemed necessary.

Comment on The Fox posted 2006-02-01 by Trudie Lambert from Lincoln


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