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6:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014
George Adams is right in his logic that meat eaters shouldn’t make distinctions about which animals they eat (Letters, April 14). After all, what’s the difference between a cute fluffy lamb and a cute fluffy cat? Where do all you Easter lamb eaters think that leg came from? However, Mr Adams is totally wrong in thinking that we’re superior to other animal species and that the answer to an increasing population is to eat more animals. Recent research has shown that many creatures are quicker and cleverer in logic tests and are adept at making tools. They grieve for their dead and help each other as well as (sometimes) other species in distress. Dolphins have kept drowning humans afloat and a wild elephant recently rescued a baby from the rubble of a house. If we stop destroying forests and using tracts of land to grow even more food for livestock we could easily feed the world. Animal products take feed and huge amount of water – another dwindling resource. And, of course, we could even begin to think about limiting our population growth on this finite planet as, eventually, there won’t be room for all of us if we keep multiplying out of control. But that’s far too intelligent a concept for mere humans to grasp. We’ll leave that to other species. Sue Baumgardt Stoneham Road, Hove In response to George Adams, we should care about animal slaughter. He poses the question, “With an increasing human population, surely we should be using more animals?” My response is that we should be eating fewer. Raising animals for food is grossly inefficient because while animals eat large quantities of grain, soybeans, oats, and corn, they only produce comparatively small amounts of meat, dairy products or eggs in return. This is why more than 70% of the grain and cereals we grow in this country and in the US are fed to farmed animals. It takes up to 13 pounds of grain to produce just one pound of meat and even fish on fish farms must be fed up to five pounds of wild-caught fish to produce one pound of farmed fish flesh. Our protein needs to be obtained through plant foods, not cats and dogs, in order to reverse the devastation humans have wreaked upon the planet so far. Until we recognise this and respond accordingly, we can never claim to be the superior species. David Hammond North Court, Hassocks As the intelligent species on this fragile planet we should see ourselves as guardians. It’s a fragile system of which we are 100% reliant. In addition, if you don’t have respect for less sentient beings, how can you have respect for yourself? The colonial attitude of pillaging nature is not only past its day but is dangerous. Damon Libby Vernon Terrace, Hove
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I was intrigued to read that “the mere presence of an encampment without any aggravating factors should not normally create an expectation that Sussex Police will use eviction powers” according to Grenville Wilson, a superintendent for Sussex Police (Letters, April 15).
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I was shocked to read your front page of April 11 about the boy whose dog was attacked by two other dogs. That poor dog. As a dog-owner myself, you always have to be in control of your dogs when you are out.
7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014
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Humans are superior so we should be eating more animals, not fewer - and that includes cats and dogs
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7:30am Friday 18th April 2014
Tim Ridgway says we should be grateful for the proposed restoration of the Brighton Hippodrome, no matter how much the interior space will be compromised by conversion into a restaurant/cinema venue (The Argus, April 14).
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As we don’t wish to disappoint Mr Taylor (Letters, April 11), we can assure him that we will continue to write to The Argus both individually and together, as we have done throughout most of the 46 years we’ve lived in Brighton, whether or not there’s an election pending. If those letters are “tedious” or interesting enough to be published is a decision for the Editor.
5:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014
Louise Schweitzer comments on the lack of imagination in new buildings in Brighton and Hove (Letters, April 1) but the architect has to do what the client wants, subject also to the local authority’s demands.
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How odd that in his letter about the “bedroom tax” and the “gagging” law, Green Party councillor Christopher Hawtree attacks me and the Labour Party with not a mention of the Conservatives and the coalition which brought in the legislation.
5:20am Tuesday 15th April 2014
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6:10am Monday 14th April 2014
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Further to your story about a school’s pet boar which was sent to slaughter, my reaction to this is that all the staff and children should be educated about exactly what is involved in the slaughter process, with no part of the process omitted.
5:30am Monday 14th April 2014
In a letter to The Argus (April 11), Ian Taylor of Hove states that the local authority, Brighton and Hove City Council, has suffered unprecedented cuts enforced by the Tory-led Government, and that this has led to five bin lorries being removed from the Brighton and Hove rubbish collection service with numerous incidents of the remaining vehicles breaking down due to age and a lack of maintenance.
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4:20pm Sunday 13th April 2014
A report issued on April 6 by the House of Lords EU Committee, Counting The Cost Of Food Waste, called for urgent action from the Government and retailers as we continue to waste 15 million tons of food per year in the UK.
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4:25pm Friday 11th April 2014
My great-grandfather George Richard Rowland was born in Brighton in 1868. He moved to Plymouth when he was a young man, married and had three children, one of whom was my grandmother Ellen Louisa. He was a keen sportsman. His father was also a George Rowland and his mother Louisa Nealen Rowland.
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