We need to rethink animal cruelty laws

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I am not usually moved by stories in the paper, but I must say I was appalled at the condition of the dog that featured in Saturday’s Wigan Evening Post (August 25).

To dump such a malnourished animal on a field after hiding it from RSPCA inspectors is one of the cruellest things I can imagine. The fate of the other dog and rabbit were quite shocking, and I would hope that if I lived near them and knew about it, I would have informed the RSPCA straight away.

The suffering these poor animals must have gone through is unthinkable.

If you cannot look after an animal, don’t get one – what possesses people to have pets if they cannot even keep them in basic living conditions and feed them?

The only positive thing to come from it is that they have been caught and the dog has made a recovery and been re-homed. Unfortunately, the law does not help in convicting such crimes and needs to be revised.

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Thanks to all who helped

I would like to thank all of your readers who shopped in Sainsbury’s during Farm Animal Week (June 18-24) and helped raise money for farm animals by choosing RSPCA Freedom Food labelled products.

A whopping £31,600 was raised for the RSPCA after Sainsbury’s kindly donated 5p from every selected Freedom Food product bought in store during the week.

This money will be put towards further helping improve the lives of more than 900 million animals reared for food each year – most of which are kept in conditions which the RSPCA doesn’t think are good enough.

Generous shoppers also helped raise nearly £15,000 for cats, dogs and other animals, by making donations to RSPCA branches outside many Sainsbury’s stores.

Please keep up the good work helping us to help animals! And don’t forget if you care about farm animal welfare, keep choosing Freedom Food products which means they come from RSPCA inspected farms.

Rachel Horton,

RSPCA regional representative

Keep land green and pleasant

I WAS pleased to see in Monday’s paper that Wigan’s Tories were backing a fight to protect green belt land.

The government is too quick to build everywhere, without thinking of the ramifications for local residents who bought their homes in good faith and do not wish to see beautiful green land bulldozed over.

But it is good to see that the “small people” of the community can band together and shout out loud that we do not want to lose our green spaces.

And with the help of Tory campaigners we can really 
kick-start this campaign and protect green belt land, not just in Beech Hill, but across the whole of the borough. We do not need more houses and roads – traffic is bad enough as it is.

Just leave Wigan alone.

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