But occasionally I get the kind of mail that is critical. The usual trigger is my stance on Foxes. Regular readers will know that I keep chickens. A recent critic thought I was stupid to allow them to free-range, which I always thought was a rather decent way of life for them. Foxes are a menace and frankly, I do not have time for those who get hysterical about fox hunting. These emails are usually badly written and tend to say more about anti-hunt people than I ever could.
Here is one I got today:
(I have no wish to expose this person, so their name has been removed)
Hey Wrinkled Weasel, So you keep chickens eh! Well my sister and her partner keep chickens, ducks and geese [all pets] and have never lost any to a fox - just one [a bantam] to a Pine Martin.
Do you eat your own birds Mr Weasel? If so, then you're an out and out hypocrite, like all those other ignorant idiots on the blog.
Plus if you knew anything about foxes, you'd know they weren't remotely vermin. They only come on heat for three days a year, plus only one vixen in an entire family will be allowed to mate with the dog fox.
Anyway, I don't why I'm writing to you, people like you are too thick to know any better, which is why I pity the poor animals.
Well, the pro-hunting lobby (which by the way, I have no links to whatsoever) do not send poisoned mail, send criminal pornography to employees, injure infants, de-capitate people with gyrocopter blades or exhume grannies, or do much more than go about their lawful pursuits.
When it comes to the moral high ground, and dare I say intelligence, I think those who hunt and kill foxes have the upper hand, and until the animal rights stinkies campaign on the issues, rather than by terrorism, they always will.