Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Law's an Ass over Donkey Abusers

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Law's an Ass over Donkey Abusers

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VIEWPOINTS Write to: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF Or email: viewpoints@men-news.co.uk

WHEN will the punishment fit the crime? I am referring to the report in the M.E.N. on September 29, when three individuals were given a suspended sentence of 14 weeks and banned from keeping animals for three years after violently abusing beach donkeys, two of whom had to be put to sleep as a result of their treatment.

Driving in a bus lane at the wrong time or parking on double yellow lines would invoke a harsher penalty. How about a lifetime ban and putting the perpetrators in the stocks for the weekend (oh, sorry, I forgot about their human rights). Valerie Wood, Marple ¦ READING with sadness the abuse Blackpool donkeys have been suffering all this time (Abused donkeys had to be put down, M.E.N., September 29).

Please people, do not partake in any animal entertainment, whether it in England or any other country. Animals do not entertain or give rides for fun. R.I.P donkeys. Kelly Connolly, Irlam Rail review a waste of cash MORE than £4billion of taxpayers' money is going into our railways every year according to the Office of National Statistics.

The body responsible for regulating railways, the Office of Rail and Road, has just released an interim report into what caused the timetable disruption which led to passengers enduring long delays and cancellations over the summer. The report found 'an apparent gap in industry responsibility and accountability'.

This is a gap the Conservative Secretary of State Chris Grayling is paid to fill but he has refused to recognise his part in the summer chaos.

This is a complete abdication of his responsibility to look after taxpayers' money and ensure that the railways provide a good service for passengers and goods.

If he doesn't resign he should be sacked for such an appalling failure. …

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