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Look at our world and it is obvious humans are not the superior species

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

My brother and I cherish our memories of happy times in Hollingbury

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the article in The Argus about Lyminster Avenue in Hollingbury (April 15).

Lack of loos along busy Brighton seafront is a disgrace

5:20am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

On Sunday, April 13, a bright sunny morning, I was walking along the seafront of Brighton and Hove, near the Peace Statue, and needed the loo.

Proud the Labour Party leads the fight against the bedroom tax

3:40pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Lawrence Brewer must have a very strange sense of humour to find Labour’s pledge to repeal the “bedroom tax” hilarious (Letters, April 18).

Time for the public to invest in pubs as a part of the community

The Argus: Bring back the flying boat in search for flight MH370

6:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Last week was a bad week for Brighton boozers.

Better council accommodation is no comfort for private tenants and taxpayers

5:50am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

The Green Councillor responsible for housing in Brighton and Hove announced in March that all the council’s accommodation now meets a good living standard.

Recycling not just 'faltering' in Brighton and Hove...

5:10am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

The Green Party has finally woken up to the fact that there is a problem with recycling collections.

It was a privilege to play for Albion and it’s great they are flying again

6:00am Monday 21st April 2014

With three games to go, Brighton and Hove Albion are still on the hunt for a play-off place.

'British justice has destroyed my faith in the powers that be'

5:40am Monday 21st April 2014

It is astonishing to see the disparity in the way justice is applied in Britain.

Consistent parking rules for all?

5:20am Monday 21st April 2014

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).

So we’re living longer – but for what?

9:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Suddenly there is all this hype of how one can live to a great old age.

Van-dwellers caught in the act...

The Argus: Bring back the flying boat in search for flight MH370

8:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

I thought it would be an idea to take my two girls down to Stanmer Park in Brighton for a runaround as I was feeling rough and I could watch them from my car.

Yes, take ownership of your dogs

7:10am Saturday 19th April 2014

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.

Memories of machine-gunning in Portslade

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

During the war I lived with my family in Gladstone Road in Portslade.

Label meat clearly according to method of slaughter

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

I write regarding the letter about the school pig being sent for slaughter and to be eaten (Letters, April 14).

Humans are superior so we should be eating more animals, not fewer - and that includes cats and dogs

The Argus: Bring back the flying boat in search for flight MH370

6:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

I read the letter entitled “Educate schoolchildren about every stage of animal slaughter” with bemusement (The Argus, April 14).

Public works money could have salvaged Brighton's Hippodrome

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).

Our city's in a sad state of disrepair

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

I agree with David Rowland (Letters, April 11). Brighton has a character all of its own through its architecture and history and it is such a pity it is being allowed to fall into disrepair.

We need more buses to and from Telscombe

6:30am Friday 18th April 2014

When is Brighton and Hove Buses going to get its act together?

No, you can't trust Labour

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Reading Purna Sen talking about repealing the “bedroom tax” and Labour’s pledges (Letters, April 15), I find the idea hilarious.

First and foremost, a pub is a business

The Argus: Bring back the flying boat in search for flight MH370

6:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Really, I was a little surprised to see a letter in your columns (The Argus, April 14) bringing up that old chestnut about the price of drinks in a pub.

Write to the council about second Bilingual School application

The Argus: Bring back the flying boat in search for flight MH370

5:50am Thursday 17th April 2014

The second planning application for the proposed Bilingual Primary School on the Hove Park depot site has now been submitted.

Cuadrilla paid for fracking protest in its own way

5:40am Thursday 17th April 2014

And again on fracking, in response to Kenny Lloyd (Letters, April 24), who reckons Cuadrilla should pay the £4 million police bill for the Balcombe protests, may I ask?

New Brighton Station bus service doesn't look like an improvement

5:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

Regarding Brighton and Hove Bus Company’s so-called improvements, the number 18 bus has been advertised as going to Brighton Station.

We need more women in politics, and to change politics

5:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

Tim Ridgway rightly points out that Parliament needs to change in order to attract more women to serve as MPs (“Why is Parliament still no place for my mum?” April 14).

Where has the community spirit gone?

The Argus: If the Kemp Town Carnival was to be held on a Monday it wouldn’t have such a big impact on traders in St George’s Road. Photo by Simon Dack

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

When I first moved to Kemp Town I was impressed by the community spirit – but now I’m beginning to wonder where some of it has gone.

Education in money management would prevent high levels of debt

5:50am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Chaun Wilson raised some valid points regarding payday loan companies in the Thursday Soapbox (The Argus, April 10).

Making a point

5:40am Wednesday 16th April 2014

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.

Boring buildings are a necessary evil

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.

Problems with protesters

5:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

I write in response to Ian Hunt’s letter on whether Balcombe shale oil (not gas) protesters were on benefits or not (Letters, April 11).

Lack of respect for surrounding areas

5:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Tim Ridgway is probably right in saying the current plans to convert the Hippodrome into an eight-screen cinema is the last chance to save the building (The Argus, April 14).

Television has never so badly needed a clear-out

6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

I fully concur with Robin Tulley’s letter to The Argus of April 10, in which he lists the celebrities and media types who are forced on to our screens.

Owners of aggressive dogs must accept responsibility

5:50am Tuesday 15th April 2014

I am getting sick of reading and hearing about people and their pets being savaged by out of control dogs (The Argus, April 11).

Marathon brings benefits to city

5:40am Tuesday 15th April 2014

People complaining about the Brighton Marathon make me so angry (Letters, April 12).

Labour pledges to repeal coalition laws

5:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

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.

Sussex Police responds to letters about trespass and travellers

5:20am Tuesday 15th April 2014

I write further to recent letters about travellers (The Argus, April 11 and 14), as initiated by Stuart Bower (April 8).

Most residents would rather revert to a two-tier council structure

5:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

As a former Lewes district councillor, I have read the ongoing saga of the fight over control of this local council with interest.

Varying price of a pint of lime cordial shows we shouldn’t grieve pub hardships

6:10am Monday 14th April 2014

As a variant on the usual opinion piece, I would like to be factual.

Educate schoolchildren about every stage of animal slaughter

6:00am Monday 14th April 2014

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.

Rubbish: If Adur can sort it out, so can Brighton and Hove

The Argus: Bring back the flying boat in search for flight MH370

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.

Better to be in EU, says Lib Dem MEP candidate

5:20am Monday 14th April 2014

Jobs are a central issue as we choose our MEPs on May 22. People may find the views of major employers persuasive.

Balcombe fracking costs from a protester's view

5:10am Monday 14th April 2014

As someone who was present at last year’s protest at Balcombe, I am in a good position to answer the questions posed by Peter Chapman (Letters, April 9) with regard to policing costs incurred there.

Managing our food waste

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.

Local Labour parties can try to pass the blame but voters won’t forget...

9:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

I have to respond to the flannel being trotted out by Peter Atkinson, the Labour candidate for North Portslade ward on your Letters page of April 9.

The next marathon should go cross-country instead

8:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

I totally agree with Phil Biffen (Letters, April 9) when he writes complaining about last weekend’s Brighton Marathon.

i360 is no toy - it will help regenerate the seafront

7:30am Saturday 12th April 2014

Violet Osborne raises an important debate about whether we should preserve existing amenities such as Stanmer Park before developing new things like the i360 (Letters, April 8).

You can't save if you don't earn enough

7:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

A long time ago, the companies which provided our gas, water and transport were nationalised.

Jude West writes...

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.

Who says protesters are on benefits in the first place?

6:10am Friday 11th April 2014

I write in response to the letter by Peter Chapman (The Argus, April 9) who discusses the income of protesters at the Balcombe gas drilling site.

We’ve already lost some of our heritage so let’s restore the rest

The Argus: Bring back the flying boat in search for flight MH370

6:00am Friday 11th April 2014

I am writing in reply to Adam Trimingham’s piece in Wednesday’s edition of the Argus (April 9). I read the piece through twice and Adam is right.

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