Dog walker Barry Winyard, 67, was mortified when he saw a ranger with the lethal weapon in Langdon Hills Country Park, Basildon.So, he wasn't as worried as he wants us to think he was on being confronted by - oh, horror! - a gun, since he strolled up to the deadly armed man to ask him what he was doing?
When he asked what was going on, the ranger explained the moles were causing a big problem there.
Still, he struggles on:
He said: “I saw the ranger with the shotgun. It was very disturbing.You think the ranger can't tell a mole from a dog or a child? Just who are they employing, Mr Magoo?
“The park was open and there were dog walkers in there.
“What’s going on? For health and safety reasons alone it’s dangerous. What if a pellet hits a dog or even a child? ”
“It’s surely not right to just kill moles. I think it’s disgusting.”Well, they've tried all the humane methods, and they haven't worked.
Still, at least no MPs have jumped on the bandwago...
Animal rights campaigner and Basildon and East Thurrock MP Angela Smith was also shocked.Really? Can you tell us then, with your vast experience in animal control and firearms, what they should use? A howitzer? Controlled thermonuclear device?
Mrs Smith, a former officer of the League Against Cruel Sports, member of the RSPCA and patron of the Captive Animal Protection Society, said: “This isn’t the most humane way of dealing with this.
“How do they know they are killing an animal and not just injuring it and leaving it to die?Beats me. How do you know that all those fox shooters that your party preferred to foxhound packs aren't doing the same?
“Also it doesn’t seem sensible to have someone wandering around a park with a shotgun, especially during half-term.”Oh, I don't know. It could come in quite handy...