The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

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


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


The Tri­bune wel­comes let­ters. They should not ex­ceed 250 words and must carry a gen­uine name, home ad­dress and day­time phone num­ber. Let­ters may be edited, abridged or omit­ted with­out ex­pla­na­tion. They can be emailed to tri­ or posted to PO Box 3, Palmer­ston North to be re­ceived by 4pm on the Thurs­day prior to pub­li­ca­tion.

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