UPDATE: 11/2/13 Boris is holding urgent talks with council leaders to examine all options over the fox attack on the 4 week old baby last week.
10/2/13. Once again, lefties are twisting the words of Boris Johnson, this time over the recent fox attack on a 4 week old baby. A mother heard a piercing scream and a thud. She had to fight off a fox which had pulled her baby from its cradle and had its tiny arm half way down its throat.
The fox was trying to drag the baby outside, by its arm,and the child was covered in blood, but animal activists are disputing this, insisting that the family dog was responsible. It is not know whether the family own a dog.
It is not the remit of the Mayor of London to deal with matter of this nature, it is the job of local councils. Councils are being dilatory in taking action, even though there have been other incidents of foxes harming small children and also adults. There is also a danger of zoonosis. All animals have rights, and deserve protection, they are only following their instincts, and Boris said that foxes by nature, do not attack unless threatened. Foxes also perform a useful function by controlling the rodents in this city.
However, if there are recent disturbing incidents of foxes harming small kids and even adults, Boris would be falling down in his job of Mayor if he did not urge the councils to get together and look at whatever options are available. Animal activists insist that these attacks are not the work of foxes,but of dogs in the family that mothers do not want put out. It is hard to believe though that any mother would defend a dog that has seriously hurt her child.
Scientific research should be commissioned to assess whether the nature of foxes is changing, and to establish once and for all that these are fox attacks. If so, the reasons for this should be examined too. The danger from disease should also be scientifically assessed.
In fairness to foxes, the animal world and also to protect small humans, research of this nature would be hugely valuable and is now essential.