What’s on your mind? Letters

Need to ‘justify’ greyhound action

WITH the huge volume of documentation on greyhounds  I believe that the NSW State Government is derelict in its duty for not instigating court proceedings against the perpetrators.

Without court convictions evidence I am of the opinion NSW State Government does not have a legal mandate to justify action against the greyhound association.

Ross Goddard


Support for vegetarian lifestyle

GOOD news! The price of red meat will soar over the next two years, according to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

The number of cattle in Australia has hit a twenty year low, so there are less animals to slaughter.

This is good news for a lot of reasons.

First of all, eating vegetarian food is much cheaper.

A recent study in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition showed that a plant based diet can supply the same amount of calories at a far lower cost than one based around meat.

Secondly, cutting back on meat and moving to a plant-based diet will make us all healthier. 

Unlike meat, milk, and eggs, plant-based foods are cholesterol-free, generally low in saturated fat, and high in fibre, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Plant-based foods have been shown to fight obesity, heart disease, diabetes, breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.

Thirdly, according to the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification, it takes up to 10 kg of grain to produce just one kilogram of meat, while the Worldwatch Institute reports that a staggering 51 per cent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture. 

Best of all, giving up meat will help save not just your pocket, your health and the environment, but will also save millions of animals from torment and slaughter.

Now that is good news.

Ashley Fruno

Associate Director

PETA Australia

More effort needed for justice

CHURCHES and small businesses unwilling to provide services catering for “same-sex” marriage ceremonies may well, if such marriages are legalised, face persecution.

Federal Attorney General George Brandis is proposing amendments which allegedly offer some protection.

But apart from church ministers and marriage celebrants, other likely targets (cake-makers, function room owners etc.) look like remaining unprotected.

Such people may well put up with it, sticking to their principles anyway, and having clear consciences to live with.

Not so those politicians denying people rights to live by their beliefs.

Especially Mr Brandis, Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten – plus many MPs around Australia – who are doubly compromised.

The ones who attended Catholic schools.

They know what marriage is.

But many don’t make a stand. 

And it’s not just them.

Most of us non-politicians know right from wrong. 

Perhaps we all should put in more effort to defend justice.

Arnold Jago

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