FISH DAY CRUELTY
All factory farmed animals endure a life of suffering, and fish are no exception.
Intensively farmed trout spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy enclosures where many suffer from parasitic infections, diseases, and debilitating injuries.
The jostling causes sores and damage to their fins.
How heartless, therefore, to have given hundreds of these abused and vulnerable fish their very first taste of freedom in a lagoon where they were easy prey for those taking part in the annual Kids Fishing Day. (Catching A Rainbow, 16/11)
If someone deposited a truckload of battery hens on the bank for kids to chase, catch and then slowly drown would we view it as fun?
I’m sure we wouldn’t - so why do we view similar cruelty to fish as fun?
Jenny Moxham, Victoria, Australia
Further to Mr. Campbell’s informative letter about Murray McCully (Trib November 9) and the Saudi sheep deal in which $11.5 million was expended by taxpayers for our sheep only to die in the Saudi desert, this highlights our government’s infatuation with Islam and the desire to accommodate Sharia (Islamic law).
Since the New Zealand government has been celebrating with Muslim leaders the breaking of the Ramadan fast in Parliament since 2005, Islam has been spurred on by a willingness by our government to compromise and submit to Sharia.
What other religion is accommodated by our health boards and our prisons?
In 2010 some Muslim prisoners protested (there were only 82 Muslim prisoners) forcing 8500 non-Muslim prisoners to submit to Sharia and eat halal food.
What other religion is allowed to charge fees and have designated religious workers/ inspectors within the food industry thereby discriminating against other eligible Kiwi workers?
What other religion is allowed to build prayer rooms on public school campuses?
What other religion is endorsed and promoted by our government?
Two prominent government organisations, the Human Rights Commission and the Office of Ethnic Affairs were listed as sponsors of the Islam Awareness Week promoting Islam to Kiwis.
Tourism New Zealand recently produced a Halal Food Guide.
The guide stated that ‘‘Tourism New Zealand worked closely with the Kiwi Muslim Directory.’’
It was produced ‘‘in the hopes of establishing New Zealand as a Muslim-friendly holiday destination.’’
Why is there accommodation, promotion and endorsement of this religion by our secular government?
Ken Riddle, Shannon
HOUSING CRISIS REAL
While the government still refuses to acknowledge that there is a housing crisis, evidence to date would suggest otherwise.
The government is out of touch with the reality facing thousands of tenants, many sleeping in cars, garages or sleeping rough.
At one time, Housing New Zealand supported those in need of affordable housing. How times have changed. State houses have been and continue to be sold off to private landlords, and many more homes are demolished for no significant reason.
The present housing policies are a shambles and low income tenants are paying the price with homelessness and high rents.
More state housing is require, not less, for future generations who are cut off from home ownership, renting is the only option.
Affordable rental housing is vanishing before our eyes,we have to reverse this trend.
While emergency funds for those living in housing poverty is being recognised, it is still only a band aid covering the more serious problems concerning affordable housing.
Kevin Reilly, Manawatu Tenants Union
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