Let’s start this post by immediately clarifying that the Taylor Fencing team is not a political or socially driven-one, but we do believe in doing our homework and representing the best interests of anyone involved. So, when we receive a lot of different questions about fences as they relate to both animal safety and cruelty, we try our best to be objective. We share the facts, we share the figures, we share when products may make sense and when they make no sense at all. So, with the abundance of stories in the news about elephant safety and electric fences, we thought it was time for a post reboot on the site.
If you’re newer to the Taylor Fencing community, we welcome you with open arms. We want you to feel like this is a one-stop-shop for everything you may need. Not just as it relates to fencing and our products, but how they play into the bigger picture and how they can elevate the value of your home by installing or upgrading one simple product.
Fences can be deceptive. You may barely notice them if they’re run-of-the-mill, straight-off-the-shelf models. Maybe they’re worn and have seen better days. Maybe they’re brand-new, but they’re so middle-of-the-road that you barely give them a second glance when you arrive on a property. Each of these scenarios makes the team at Taylor Fencing sad, since we know how much opportunity there is when you choose to upgrade or replace your fence. There are so many different dynamic products on the market place, that can help meet your home or business needs, as well as majorly upping your curb appeal when neighbours walk down the street.
Fences can also come in handy in every way possible. And that’s why we’re focusing today on a fence style that isn’t chosen for its aesthetic value, but rather for the purpose that it serves. We’re referring to the aforementioned electric fences and what they’ve done for animal control over the last 50 years.
Using Fences as a Conservation Tool
In realms like that of animal care, fences can prove to be controversial when leveraged as a conservation tool. Fencing can have short-term benefits to keep wildlife, especially endangered breeds, out of the hands of poachers, visitors and even other animals. But in the long term, fences can have serious repercussions to the mental and physical lives of the animals that they protect. Here a few examples:
- They can disrupt the path of migration for wildlife. Different species spend generations mapping out the same migration paths that they can use, especially when they need to get to warmer or cooler weather to survive. With electric fences in their ways, there is no possibility of them following the normal route. They may need to check and adjust and find themselves in uncharted and unfamiliar territories.
- They can disrupt gene transfer when animals mate. There are specific breeds that they’re geared towards through the history of nature and nurture. Electric fences have historically kept like with like, but that means a much lower chance of cross-breeding when there are animal pairings that should be in-bred for survival.
- Finally, fences can really alter population dynamics. Similar to the reason above, electric fences help keep existing populations safe. When they’re mis-used and animals are mixed that shouldn’t be, that can have a devastating effect on the number of the population.
Obviously, the wellbeing of these animals is paramount, but if you look at the different economies affected, the financial implications of messing with the different populations is unknown. South Africa is a good barometer because it’s the only country in Africa that requires a full environment impact assessment before any fences are ever built. Since there are so many endangered species there, experts keep an eye on the environments on a regular basis. Globally, there isn’t a ton of official framework in place to tee up exactly what is expected in any country before fences, and specifically electric fences are built.
In Australia, we’re lucky to boast many different conservation success stories, thanks to fencing. We’re home to dozens of animal conservation groups and champions, that will help you get the work done, but will also ensure that you’re doing it by following the right steps. It’s common across the country, and in fact on many others, to save mammals native to the area from carnivores who aren’t familiar with the local temperate zone or environment.
What to Consider When Installing an Electric Fence
Don’t let any of the horror stories deter you. If you’re thinking about installing an electric fence, for one of many reasons, just make sure that you’re following all of the regular steps. Not sure what these are? Read on for more information:
- First up, it’s vital to do your homework. Look at the rules and restrictions of the surrounding areas where you live. Make sure that you’re not moving forward with the construction of a fence if you don’t know the letter of the law where you’re building. The last thing you want to happen is that your construction is shut down when the project is halfway complete.
- Next up, talk to your neighbors. We discuss this on the Taylor Fencing blog all of the time. Depending on where you live, you may need your neighbors’ sign off on both the size and shape of the fence. Better to be careful here.
- Finally, research your contractors. Best place to start? Right here on the Taylor Fencing Website. You can scour our products, learn everything that you need to know on the blog and converse in real time with any member of our team who is well-versed in the fencing world and beyond. We’re happy to connect via email, by phone or even in person. We’re passionate about what we do and sharing it with you.
Anxious to learn more? Again, all you need to do is reach out to the Taylor Fencing team. We’re excited to hear from you and answer any questions that you may have.