Readers’ letters - Wednesday, September 23

Cats hunt and kill birds ' that is the way of nature says a correspondent. See letter
Cats hunt and kill birds ' that is the way of nature says a correspondent. See letter

A warning from Canada

The recent earthquakes in Canada highlight once again the link with fracking.

Seismic monitors do not prevent tremors escalating into serious earthquakes.

Experience in other countries reveal fracking causes birth and heart defects, pulmonary diseases, lung cancer – the list is endless. That’s why countries have banned fracking. Think too of the dangers to workers.

Boiling water will be useless if carcinogenic chemicals or radiation enters the water system.

Water authorities should be banned from selling billions of water – “public” water for fracking, which will deplete reservoirs at the expense of the people, resulting in shortages or no water for public consumption, agriculture and tourism.

Due to recent events in Lancashire, I doubt if water authorities could deal with serious chemical pollution.

The dumping of three million gallons of arsenic and mercury, cause unknown, ruined 100 miles of a Colorado river – and should be a lesson to everyone of what contamination can do.

There’s no “scaremongering” about fracking – it’s dirty fossil fuel from gas, which will affect health, countryside and ruin UK climate change policy.

The devastation will be real, with the taxpayer paying for the mess left.

D Barker

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Nature of
the beast

May I begin by saying I am most definitely an animal lover. I’ve had dogs and cats all of my life and don’t like cruelty in any way, shape or form.

The reader who wrote into the Wigan Evening Post last week however, needs to get a grip (WEP September 12).

Cats do hunt and kill birds, it’s the nature of the beast. Animals survived long before we came along and that is how they lived, cats eat birds, birds eat worms and insects, and so life evolves.

The next thing the PC brigade will be complaining about is lions in the jungle killing their prey to survive.

Talking about “humans” torturing and killing their fellow man, then the writer would have held my full interest.

Animals are not wired up as we are, their thought process is kill to live in the wild or indeed as that cat did.

J Barton,


Respite for carers

This month we mark World Alzheimer’s Day, and I’d like to draw your readers’ attention to the impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia, not only on those living with the condition, but on those caring for them too. I work for an amazing charity called Revitalise. We run the Sandpipers centre in Southport, which provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers.

We understand that regular time off from the daily routine is absolute essential in sustaining a loving relationship between carer and cared for.

This is why we created our special Alzheimer’s Weeks. These unique weeks allow couples living with Alzheimer’s and dementia to leave the stresses of everyday life behind.

But it is a sobering thought that there are carers up and down the UK who are in need of a break, but simply too afraid to let go of their loved one, even for a few days.

This has to change. So, as we mark World Alzheimer’s Day, I’d like to ask your readers to join us in our call for more support for families coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

For more information on Revitalise Alzheimer’s Weeks and ways you can support us, visit www.revitalise.org.uk or call 0303 303 0147. Thank you.

Colin Brook, Revitalise