Fox horror show
I read, with horror, your article about the brutal killing of a fox at the airport.
I heard on the radio the airport authority claim that the description of how the fox was killed is not true and that the fox was killed in the most humane way possible.
I am willing to give the airport authorities a conditional benefit of the doubt on how the fox was killed – conditional on proper investigation. However, beside the issue of how the fox was killed, there is also the question of why was it killed – or rather how did it get inside the airport?
The answer is that there are holes in the fence surrounding the airport. According to people walking their dogs by that fence, these holes have been there for a while. So the killing of this fox, and possibly more animals before it, was caused because, for whatever reason, the airport authorities find it easier to kill animals rather than to mend the fence. This is totally not acceptable.
First, it is morally wrong to choose to kill living things instead of practising due diligence. Second, the reason the fence is there is to prevent the risk of aircraft colliding with people, animals, or any ground objects getting onto the landing strips. For whatever reason, the airport authorities neglected their duty to keep the fence intact, and by doing so, compromised aircraft safety.
Explanations are due. I am left wondering why do we pay airport taxes? Not only has the safety of aircraft been compromised, but as a direct result, reprehensible killing of wildlife took place. May we be assured that the airport authorities maintain their duties to keep the airport safe? By doing so, they will also avoid this kind of embarrassment from themselves, and our community. Shame.