Put your questions to fox exterminator Tom Keightley

The Argus: Foxhunter Tom Keightley. Picture by Sally Loram Foxhunter Tom Keightley. Picture by Sally Loram

Exterminator Tom Keightley who shoots foxes for a living will be answering your questions in Your Interview this Friday.

The 56-year-old grandfather from High Hurstwood near Uckfield sparked a debate more fierce than a fox’s jaw when he spoke to The Argus last week about being contracted to kill foxes at Sussex schools. He says shooting the wild animals in the head with his sniper rifle is the most humane way to deal with them.

He will be answering your questions in Your Interview next week.

Do you have a question for Mr Keightley? Please post your questions below or email emily.walker@theargus.co.uk.

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9:28am Mon 24 Feb 14

bhafcforever says...

Why write this in such an inflammatory way - Shoots foxes 'in the head'? Why does that need to be emphasied?
Would you rather he merely shot them in the body and leave them to die a slow agonizing death. He is an Pest Exterminator, and his is trying to do his work in the most humane way possible, he should be applauded for that.
Why write this in such an inflammatory way - Shoots foxes 'in the head'? Why does that need to be emphasied? Would you rather he merely shot them in the body and leave them to die a slow agonizing death. He is an Pest Exterminator, and his is trying to do his work in the most humane way possible, he should be applauded for that. bhafcforever

10:01am Mon 24 Feb 14

straightasadye says...

I note the site for comments on travellers has closed after only a few minutes. Perhaps as well as shooting foxes dead the council could employ
T K with the AIM of deterring illegal travellers?
I note the site for comments on travellers has closed after only a few minutes. Perhaps as well as shooting foxes dead the council could employ T K with the AIM of deterring illegal travellers? straightasadye

10:10am Mon 24 Feb 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

bhafcforever wrote:
Why write this in such an inflammatory way - Shoots foxes 'in the head'? Why does that need to be emphasied?
Would you rather he merely shot them in the body and leave them to die a slow agonizing death. He is an Pest Exterminator, and his is trying to do his work in the most humane way possible, he should be applauded for that.
The biggest pests are humans but they aren't shot. There is absolutely no need to shoot something or kill anything - foxes should never be shot, especially as they may have young cubs waiting for them.
[quote][p][bold]bhafcforever[/bold] wrote: Why write this in such an inflammatory way - Shoots foxes 'in the head'? Why does that need to be emphasied? Would you rather he merely shot them in the body and leave them to die a slow agonizing death. He is an Pest Exterminator, and his is trying to do his work in the most humane way possible, he should be applauded for that.[/p][/quote]The biggest pests are humans but they aren't shot. There is absolutely no need to shoot something or kill anything - foxes should never be shot, especially as they may have young cubs waiting for them. getThisCoalitionOut

10:13am Mon 24 Feb 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

I'd like to ask him why he shoots foxes.

Why doesn't he catch them - it's very easy to do and then release them in a different area?

That WOULD BE humane.

A shot in the head is not. What if it's a fox with young cubs waiting to be fed? Or doesn't he care about starving them to death?
I'd like to ask him why he shoots foxes. Why doesn't he catch them - it's very easy to do and then release them in a different area? That WOULD BE humane. A shot in the head is not. What if it's a fox with young cubs waiting to be fed? Or doesn't he care about starving them to death? getThisCoalitionOut

10:20am Mon 24 Feb 14

clubrob6 says...

straightasadye wrote:
I note the site for comments on travellers has closed after only a few minutes. Perhaps as well as shooting foxes dead the council could employ
T K with the AIM of deterring illegal travellers?
The argus like ALL media in the UK is controlled and has to be politically correct.You are only allowed to say an opinion that is politically correct not the view most people actually think on a issue.I can understand not being able to comment on a issue if a court case is taking place but in ALL media now certain subjects you are not allowed to say an opinion on.This article will also be closed if people really say what should happen to this man who takes pleasure out of killing as it wont be politically correct.
[quote][p][bold]straightasadye[/bold] wrote: I note the site for comments on travellers has closed after only a few minutes. Perhaps as well as shooting foxes dead the council could employ T K with the AIM of deterring illegal travellers?[/p][/quote]The argus like ALL media in the UK is controlled and has to be politically correct.You are only allowed to say an opinion that is politically correct not the view most people actually think on a issue.I can understand not being able to comment on a issue if a court case is taking place but in ALL media now certain subjects you are not allowed to say an opinion on.This article will also be closed if people really say what should happen to this man who takes pleasure out of killing as it wont be politically correct. clubrob6

10:29am Mon 24 Feb 14

clubrob6 says...

We have a family group of fox's in our area much loved by residents.They have as much right to be here as we do its.We also have badgers near by which are also under threat from humans.I wont say where I live as we don't want sad individuals who take pleasure in killing come round our area.I wont say what would happen to him if he tried.
We have a family group of fox's in our area much loved by residents.They have as much right to be here as we do its.We also have badgers near by which are also under threat from humans.I wont say where I live as we don't want sad individuals who take pleasure in killing come round our area.I wont say what would happen to him if he tried. clubrob6

12:50pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Quiterie says...

Norwegian pop duo Ylvis recently had a worldwide hit with "What Does the Fox Say?", which queried what noise foxes make. As an expert on foxes are you able to enlighten us on this subject?
Norwegian pop duo Ylvis recently had a worldwide hit with "What Does the Fox Say?", which queried what noise foxes make. As an expert on foxes are you able to enlighten us on this subject? Quiterie

12:56pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Quiterie says...

Quiterie wrote:
Norwegian pop duo Ylvis recently had a worldwide hit with "What Does the Fox Say?", which queried what noise foxes make. As an expert on foxes are you able to enlighten us on this subject?
..... some of the suggestions from Ylvis were as follows....

Ring-ding-ding-ding-
dingeringeding!
Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-po
w!
Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho
!
Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-
tchoffo-tchoff!
Jacha-chacha-chacha-
chow!
Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka
-kow!
A-hee-ahee ha-hee!

..... do you think any of these are near the mark or are Ylvis barking up the wrong tree?
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Norwegian pop duo Ylvis recently had a worldwide hit with "What Does the Fox Say?", which queried what noise foxes make. As an expert on foxes are you able to enlighten us on this subject?[/p][/quote]..... some of the suggestions from Ylvis were as follows.... Ring-ding-ding-ding- dingeringeding! Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-po w! Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho ! Joff-tchoff-tchoffo- tchoffo-tchoff! Jacha-chacha-chacha- chow! Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka -kow! A-hee-ahee ha-hee! ..... do you think any of these are near the mark or are Ylvis barking up the wrong tree? Quiterie

3:10pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Vox populi 2 says...

Quiterie wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
Norwegian pop duo Ylvis recently had a worldwide hit with "What Does the Fox Say?", which queried what noise foxes make. As an expert on foxes are you able to enlighten us on this subject?
..... some of the suggestions from Ylvis were as follows....

Ring-ding-ding-ding-

dingeringeding!
Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-po

w!
Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho

!
Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-

tchoffo-tchoff!
Jacha-chacha-chacha-

chow!
Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka

-kow!
A-hee-ahee ha-hee!

..... do you think any of these are near the mark or are Ylvis barking up the wrong tree?
All prattish - end of.
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Norwegian pop duo Ylvis recently had a worldwide hit with "What Does the Fox Say?", which queried what noise foxes make. As an expert on foxes are you able to enlighten us on this subject?[/p][/quote]..... some of the suggestions from Ylvis were as follows.... Ring-ding-ding-ding- dingeringeding! Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-po w! Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho ! Joff-tchoff-tchoffo- tchoffo-tchoff! Jacha-chacha-chacha- chow! Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka -kow! A-hee-ahee ha-hee! ..... do you think any of these are near the mark or are Ylvis barking up the wrong tree?[/p][/quote]All prattish - end of. Vox populi 2

3:13pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Scorpio50 says...

Sorry Mr Keightley I do not like your profession, if that's what you can call it, one iota. Its cruel and not needed. The likes of you and your ilk peddle this theory that a fox is a villainous creature, even the Argus has to say that it's 'as fierce as a fox's jaw'.
Foxes are shy by nature and, yes they do kill hens etc but this is because its in their nature. Like cats kill birds, mice etc.
Man on the other hand is villainous and sly. Maybe you could shoot a few of those.
My question is does it give you pleasure to kill these beautiful creature and how do you manage to sleep at night? Perhaps these questions will be answered by a higher person.........?
Sorry Mr Keightley I do not like your profession, if that's what you can call it, one iota. Its cruel and not needed. The likes of you and your ilk peddle this theory that a fox is a villainous creature, even the Argus has to say that it's 'as fierce as a fox's jaw'. Foxes are shy by nature and, yes they do kill hens etc but this is because its in their nature. Like cats kill birds, mice etc. Man on the other hand is villainous and sly. Maybe you could shoot a few of those. My question is does it give you pleasure to kill these beautiful creature and how do you manage to sleep at night? Perhaps these questions will be answered by a higher person.........? Scorpio50

4:32pm Mon 24 Feb 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

My question is, which schools are involved in this and why do they feel foxes are dangerous? Foxes are shy and wary creatures that will run a mile if a child goes anywhere near them. I have photographed foxes but always have to use a long lens because if you go too close (which isn't very close at all) they scarper. So I cannot see any justification for this at all.
My question is, which schools are involved in this and why do they feel foxes are dangerous? Foxes are shy and wary creatures that will run a mile if a child goes anywhere near them. I have photographed foxes but always have to use a long lens because if you go too close (which isn't very close at all) they scarper. So I cannot see any justification for this at all. thevoiceoftruth

9:03pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Quiterie says...

Vox populi 2 wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
Norwegian pop duo Ylvis recently had a worldwide hit with "What Does the Fox Say?", which queried what noise foxes make. As an expert on foxes are you able to enlighten us on this subject?
..... some of the suggestions from Ylvis were as follows....

Ring-ding-ding-ding-


dingeringeding!
Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-po


w!
Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho


!
Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-


tchoffo-tchoff!
Jacha-chacha-chacha-


chow!
Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka


-kow!
A-hee-ahee ha-hee!

..... do you think any of these are near the mark or are Ylvis barking up the wrong tree?
All prattish - end of.
Anyone who thinks they have made a superior comment that can't be contradicted just by putting 'end of' after it makes themselves look a major prat my friend.... so well done there x
[quote][p][bold]Vox populi 2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Norwegian pop duo Ylvis recently had a worldwide hit with "What Does the Fox Say?", which queried what noise foxes make. As an expert on foxes are you able to enlighten us on this subject?[/p][/quote]..... some of the suggestions from Ylvis were as follows.... Ring-ding-ding-ding- dingeringeding! Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-po w! Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho ! Joff-tchoff-tchoffo- tchoffo-tchoff! Jacha-chacha-chacha- chow! Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka -kow! A-hee-ahee ha-hee! ..... do you think any of these are near the mark or are Ylvis barking up the wrong tree?[/p][/quote]All prattish - end of.[/p][/quote]Anyone who thinks they have made a superior comment that can't be contradicted just by putting 'end of' after it makes themselves look a major prat my friend.... so well done there x Quiterie

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