The RSPCA is looking into claims made by a prominent lawyer that he killed a fox with a baseball bat.Jolyon Maugham) posted on Twitteron Thursday morning: “Already this morning I have killed a fox with a baseball bat. How’s your Boxing Day going?”
The animal welfare charitytweetedthat the claim was “distressing”.
Mr Maugham, who has brought a number of legal challenges related to Brexit, later apologized if anyone was “upset” by his tweet.He said the fox had got caught in protective netting around his chickens and he “was sure what else to do “.” My chickens were very distressed by the fox, both before and after I’d despatched it – and I wanted it out of the way quickly, “he said in another tweet.Mr Maugham said he had spoken to the RSPCA and given them his contact details.An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “We’ve been made aware of this [incident] and are looking into it. “
Gassing or poisoning foxes is prohibited.
Mr Maugham is director of the Good Law Project and has been involved in several high-profile legal challenges, including against Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks. ********************