I live on a sustainable family farm and work for a humanitarian aid organization. My goal is to have a simple beautiful life. The Quaker acronym SPICE (simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality) guides my life.
We've been having groundhog problems lately. In fact, a groundhog ate the tops off of three rows of young cucumber plants in the garden. Bill set a trap for it. The first night, the bait was taken but the trap wasn't sprung. So the second night, he pushed the bait further back in the trap. Yesterday morning, this is what greeted us. Poor little fox! Since the fox hasn't been poaching our chickens (foxes hunt at night and our chickens are safely locked up in their coop by then), Bill turned it loose. Later that morning, I saw it dashing across a field near the road. We don't kill animals randomly as we try to be good stewards of the earth. Only when we know an animal is doing damage to our farm or is a threat to our farm animals do we take such drastic measures.