I hope Lydia Rivlin will not mind if I reproduce here her excellent and sensible letter to The Daily Telegraph yesterday. She says:
"The horrific attack on two infants by a fox happened because the fox had lost its fear of people.
In the countryside foxes are hunted. Many are not caught, but they do learn a healthy respect for humans, which they teach their offspring. City folk, on the other hand, often treat foxes as honoured guests, even going so far as to feed them.
It is this sentimental attitude that precipitated the ridiculous hunting ban and, unless people people revise their feelings about these seductively beautiful animals, we are going to see more accidents of this type."