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Reader letter: Customer at Sainsbury’s in Crayford witnessed caged fox being shot by supermarket pest control

PUBLISHED: 22:11 18 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:50 19 June 2017

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Sainsbury’s policies on the control of foxes and other so-called pests must be called into question.

A customer at their Crayford branch witnessed a trapped fox in a cage being shot by a pest controller employed by Sainsbury’s.

If this is not bad enough she was a lactating mother with young cubs!

These cubs were later seen wandering around hungry and confused looking for their mother destined to starve to death.


This is animal cruelty carried out by the pest controller and condoned by Sainsbury’s. Sainsbury’s was asked if they had heard of ‘Fox-a-gone’, a humane device to deter foxes, they replied ‘yes’ but it was policy to employ pest controllers at all their stores.


Even Defra doesn’t classify foxes as vermin, 


So I ask any one who feels as I do about Sainsbury’s policy on this matter to contact Sainsbury’s customer services.

8 comments

  • I totally agree 100% with @NR_Proud's comments being a country lover myself. Where I used to live in the Scottish Highlands, my property was encircled with rabbit warrens but nigh on every evening I hear the fox and welcomed it. So now I wonder why Archant are reporting on casual events outside of Norfolk? Maybe they are not wanting Sainsbury's to advertise with them.

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    kfoto

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  • Whats a fox doing at a sainsburys ? As a local Norfolk farmer I welcome the sight of our resident fox, he has a full reddish coat and a tail tipped with white. He and Mrs Fox raise two litters each year, they have more than enough food around the farm and although listed as vermin, that only becomes relevant when their are too many of them. Our 400 acres accommodates enough rabbits t keep Mr & Mrs Fox well fed, but not enough rabbits that it effects the wellbeing of the farm. To the pro-fox limp wristed lefties amongst you, it's called "Balance". Too many rabbits and they become diseased, too many foxes and problems arise when we are pleased to see the local hunt pass through and clean up the aged and unwell. Where that balance becomes a problem is where townies interfere with something they know nothing of, the fools who got fox hunting banned have no idea of the damage and cruelty they inflict on Mr & Mrs Healthy fox,and on the community, and when I have given them opportunities to come and witness that damage and cruelty themselves, they are too busy playing there dole funded xbox, drowning their dogs in Hellesdon river or perving their neighbours 14yo daughter. Sainsburys are not alone in the practise of removing foxes, take a walk behind the N&N hospital fence if you want to see cruelty. You will discover dozens of small silver canisters around rabbit sets. But I suppose having a cyanide capsule rolled down a rabbit hole is ok ? Contact Norwich City Council and ask who removes the foxes from Prince of Wales Rd or phone the cathedral and ask who removes the foxes from within the Cathedral grounds - It's a funny old world, a countryside with 100's of years experience of managing the land that surrounds the cities such as Norwich is told what to do by the very people who know nothing. This morning I have been over to Little Melton to look at some townies rubbish dumped in one of my ditches, and as it's on my land I have to pay the £160 to have it removed, whilst the lakenham resident who dumped it (yes they are that thick they left letters amongst it) has the right to vote over things that don't concern them and they know nothing of. The sooner Laings or McAlpines built a wall around cities the better, the townies can be left to rob eachother, rape their girlfriends, have children with their aunties, drown there dogs, leave there rubbish in the streets, break council property, visit the foodbank daily for free food I and fellow farmers provided for them and proper country folk can be left to look after the land.

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    NR_Proud

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • I will not shop at Sainsbury`s again.

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    Euro

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • The petition site says Sainsburys have already changed their policy, quote - Well done everyone! Sainsbury's has responded and changed their policy! They pledged that in future only humane deterrents will be used if there is a fox problem. Our campaign clearly worked because they added this pledge to their statement today, 16 June. Whilst they admitted three male foxes had been shot at Crayford they claim that two female foxes were released not killed. If true then the cubs should be OK.

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    Only Me

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Shame on you, Sainsbury's.

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    Roots

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • This is discussing behaviour was this really a pest or taking advantage of Sainsbury's slack disposal process. Whatever killing a feeding mother and almost certainly her cubs is sick and barbaric. Shame on Sainsbury's

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    Jonno65

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • Callous scum !!!! Hit them where it hurts , their pockets!!! Boycott their stores

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    Norwich

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • If you're going to follow the twitter herd, at least get your facts straight. Quote - Sainsburys: "Update, 16 June 2017: We’ve completed a thorough review of how pest control was managed at our Crayford store, which involved the release of two mother foxes and extermination of three males. An independent expert has confirmed our contractor correctly followed industry guidelines and in the interests of the safety of our customers and colleagues." source - http:tinyurl.comy7tm2g7c Quote - DEFRA: "You must: only use free-running snares, which relax when the animal is captured. check snares at least once a day. humanely kill any fox you catch while it’s in the trap or snare. release all other animals unharmed – except grey squirrels and mink, which you must humanely kill." source - http:tinyurl.comy76gzd8r

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    Hampton

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

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