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Foxes and the law

By Gill Gray (Town Clerk/RFO) Westgate-on-Sea Town Council

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

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Over the past few weeks a concerned resident has noted 3 dead foxes in her garden in the area of Pegwell Road Ramsgate. The RSPCA have been informed, and whilst the cause of death has yet to be confirmed, suspected poisoning may be the cause.

Please remember the following:

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 states: It is against the law to cause unnecessary suffering to foxes and many other animal creatures under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. There's a fine of up to £20,000 for offenders.

The Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996, was the first Act designed to protect any and all wild mammals. Section 1 of the Act states that if ‘any person mutilates, kicks, beats, nails or otherwise impales, stabs, burns, stones, crushes, drags or asphyxiates any wild mammal with intent to inflict unnecessary suffering, he shall be guilty of an offence’.

If you believe you have foxes in your garden, and wish to deter them, don't fall foul of the law. Visit the below website which has useful tips on how to deter them naturally

https://www.gardeningetc.com/advice/how-to-get-rid-of-foxes

Report it

If you think a wildlife crime is being committed then you can report it to the Police Wildlife Crime Unit online You can also report wildlife crime anonymously to Crimestoppers, by calling calling 0800 555 111.

Contact Information

Gill Gray (Town Clerk/RFO)

  • 01843 836182
  • 07487 494450

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The email address for the Town Clerk is townclerk@westgateonsea.gov.uk