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  • Fox Control and The UK Law

    Bows, Crossbows

    The use of these weapons to kill foxes is prohibited under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.

    Air Rifles

    The velocity of an air rifle projecting a small lead pellet from a distance is more likely to injure a fox, causing unnecessary suffering as opposed to providing a quick, humane dispatch.

    This would contravene the Protection of Animals Act 1911 and should not ever be considered as a viable option.


    Although legislation allows the use of a gas, in a den, to kill foxes (Agriculture Act 1947), currently no products are registered under the Control of Pesticide Regulations (1986) for this purpose. Therefore, any introduction of a 'gaseous substance' into a fox earth is illegal in the UK.

    Fox Repellents

    Although we do not use or recommend any 'fox repellents; only products registered under COPR -  Control of Pesticides Regulations (1986) should be used.

    Blocking and Destroying Fox Earths

    This could be considered an offence under the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996 if provedn to be occupied at the time of the blocking or destruction.

    Fox Hunting (with hounds)

    The Hunting Act 2004 makes all hunting with dogs of wild mammals, including foxes, illegal, exept those limited activities covered by the exeptions in Schedule 1 to the Act.


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