disposing of them in another humane way’’ was what would be done, implying that gassing is an appropriate way to do that, is appalling.
One hopes that humane treatment, rather than just a quick and easy way to get rid of them, is being put first.
Animal welfare is already an issue in this country, and to encourage more simply because a species is seen as less important is disgusting.
By all means cull if necessary, and take steps to reduce more population growth, but put the welfare first. people put in their budgets. Even if the cost was halved, it would help.
People have in many cases had to make several trips to the tip, which amounts to a lot of money. I am sure many people would be grateful if this could be considered. Kapi-Mana News has always been a good read because one thing you could rely on was its impartiality.
But if you read the two articles (July 16) ‘‘Clock starts on council change’’ and ‘‘Pat on back for Porirua council’’, with the latter not having identified the writer, then neutrality is questioned.
The articles are very one-sided – pro-amalgamation and discounts totally the community voice and feelings on this matter.
But I do like Brian Collins’ opinion in Letters. I mentioned in an earlier letter that transparency has been missing in this amalgamation process.
Well, Mr Collins’ comments clearly demonstrate what can happen when due process is not followed.
If you read what he says and then you think about how the council has proceeded, then you have to conclude it had prior knowledge that the public has not been privy to.
In other words, it already knew how to proceed with the amalgamation because the outcome was predetermined.
That, too, explains the council’s strategy on dealing with community opinion – it simply ignores us, which is especially sad given that it has had no mandate from us to have taken this stance in the first place. So be it, though. Elections are coming up when popular opinion not only must be listened to, but it will also count.
Editor’s note: The article referred to – ‘‘Pat on back for Porirua council’’ was the editorial. It is not bylined because it is not a person’s view, but rather the view of the newspaper.