Letters, Monday, April 1, 2013

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Flying in curry is climate hypocrisy

WHILE the story in Thursday’s Sunderland Echo about delivering curries to a UN base in Democratic Republic of Congo was meant to raise a smile, it only revealed the hypocrisy behind climate change fearmongering.

 We’re constantly being preached at to buy ‘locally sourced’ food, but the United Nations, an organisation which has held conferences on combating climate change, sees fit to fly food 6,000 miles on a aircraft, spewing who knows how much CO2 into the atmosphere. That’s an awfully big carbon footprint just to get something to eat.

 It would be much easier to believe the climate change scam if the powers that be at least tried to make an effort themselves before putting the blame on ordinary people, and then taxing them for the pleasure.

 And I’ll not even mention how many starving Africans could have been fed with the amount of money it cost to fly-in this curry ...

Greg Mitchell,

Castletown.

Campaign to stop ‘cruel’ National

LAST year, the deaths of two horses in the Grand National caused a public outcry. Two days earlier, at the same Aintree meeting, another horse was killed.  

 Since 2000, 38 horses have been killed at the three-day Aintree meeting, with 22 of them dying on the Grand National course itself.

 The Grand National race is hazardous, overcrowded and too long. Recent changes to the course have failed to address the inherently lethal nature of the event.

 Despite a great deal of pre-race hype, a majority of those respondents who expressed a clear opinion in an NOP poll, commissioned by Animal Aid last year, said that the Grand National is ‘cruel’. This year, Animal Aid is asking readers to support our popular Sanctuary Not Cruelty initiative, offering those who are concerned about the National a positive alternative to simply betting or boycotting.

 Instead of supporting animal cruelty, we are asking people to help two specialist sanctuaries that rescue horses – including ex-racehorses – and are in need of financial assistance.

 Readers who wish to learn more about our Sanctuary Not Cruelty campaign can visit Animal Aid’s website at www.stopkillinghorses.com or contact Animal Aid’s office on 01732 364546 for a free information pack.

Fiona Pereira,

Animal Aid.

Keep libraries

LIBRARIES need to be kept open as they are the hub of the community.

 All walks of life use them, from nursery age through to senior citizens.

 People go into libraries, not only to borrow books but for research, to use the computers and various social activities.

 If our libraries were to go, we would lose a vital part of community life and many people would be isolated. Please keep our libraries open.

Mary Mitchell,

Sunderland.