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Good PR – for a change

by Neil Richards

Every Friday Darren invites someone to be Guest Editor for the day to choose and discuss three or four images that have not previously been published on the website.  Today’s Guest Editor is Neil Richards.  Neil has a primary passion for orangutan conservation and welfare, which stems from a visit to Borneo in 2000 to see them in their natural habitat, and continues to promote awareness online of their plight. More recently, earlier in 2010, he blogged his experience of giving up palm oil for Lent to raise awareness of decreasing orangutan habitat and numbers.  He has also run the London Marathon in 2009 to raise money for Save the Rhino International and the Edinburgh Marathon in 2010 to raise money for Orangutan Land Trust.  Neil’s next venture is to climb Mera Peak in the Himalayas in 2011 to help raise money for charity: water, you can find out about the team, the charity and expedition at Twitter Team Himalayas.  Follow Neil on Twitter for updates.

Foxes have a very bad press at the moment. In recent weeks, we have heard about the dramatic story of a fox attacking twin baby girls in their home, and even a story (surely on a quiet news day), of a fox blamed for chewing a magistrate’s shoes. Whereas I can recognise these stories for the rarities that they are, it is a worrying trend given that the new Conservative government are said to be planning to repeal the ban on fox-hunting. Let’s hope that they have other more important things to deal with, and that the PR of the humble fox is in a better position if and when the time comes and the decision is made that it’s what the government decide to push through.

This photo captures, in broad daylight, the vulnerable qualities of the fox, as well as a soft approachable characteristic shared by so many domestic dogs. Ears down, mouth open, he is a threat to nobody, and a lovely reminder that when we are hunting these animals for fun, we are doing absolutely the wrong thing.