News that the Sussex County Cricket Club deliberately shot an innocent and defenceless fox (The Argus, April 13) is very sad.

Removal or destruction of foxes is, at best, an expensive confidence trick and at worst, an act of cruelty.

Fox populations are self regulating. Remove one fox and another will take over the territory within weeks.

Deterrence is cheaper, more effective and more humane. One such method is the use of an artificial “scentmark”. It works by mimicking scent markings leading any foxes to vacate the area in the belief that another animal has taken over its territory.

Mark Richards
Halland Road, Brighton