Reader’s letters - Friday August 01, 2014

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Show was disappointment

I’m sorry I beg to differ about your article (LEP July 29). On Saturday I took my the three grandchildren aged three, four and five to the Gruffalo show. It turned out a very disappointing outing. The show in it self was boring I myself lost interest after 10 minutes and the children not much later.

The actors outfits didn’t look like the character they portrayed and the Gruffalo himself was very disappointing wasn’t even the right colour, goodness knows what the children thought.

By the end of the show two out of the three children found the foyer more exciting as did a lot of the others.

The one thing the children enjoyed was the Gruffalo cut out I bought them. To the family with one child sat upstairs in McDonald’s in Friargate at noon that day your nothing more than scumbags as they stole all three.

We knew it was them but couldn’t prove it. You probably cant read this article as you don’t have the intelligence. To steal from them you can’t get any lower.

All in all its the first and last visit. After paying for three adults and three children at £11 each ticket I’ll take them to the zoo next time it would have worked out cheaper and we’d have all got more enjoyment out of it.

Mrs G M Leigh, Fulwood

Bad memories of Palestine

After reading the letters in the Evening Post regarding the flying of the Palestinian flag I just had to put pen to paper.

I am a wartime army veteran who served five years in the army. Four of those years where spent fighting Jewish terrorists in Palestine whilst British servicemen where being killed in Germany going to release Jews from the concentration camps.

The Jewish terrorist in and around Jaffa and Tel Aviv paid their respect to us by shooting British service men and women.

I served with the Royal Engineers and at times had to go and risk life and limb defusing the devices the terrorists had made. For example, cast iron drain pipes filled with high explosives, devices which killed many troops and nothing was ever mentioned in the Press about it.

Seven of my pals where killed in the company I was in. Each year the Palestine Veterans Association meet at Eden camp in Yorkshire and these people are detested by the Veterans who served there.

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Decision was a divisive one

Regarding the Palestinian fiasco, Coun Rankin had no right to allow the flag to be flown and lower our flag half-mast.

What is happening in Palestine is not our business. Fact, Hamas have said their ultimate aim is to wipe Israel from the face of the earth.

Mr Rankin should not think everyone is pro-Hamas, or think everybody is pro-Muslim, please get your head out of the sand. Mr Rankin, you have driven wedge further in.

Mr J Simpson, Preston

Rally support for own cause

For the person who asked when will there be a demonstration for those Christians killed in the Middle East (letters July 29) the answer is very simple.

When he or she takes the time and trouble to organise one.

This is not a game of Top Trumps, this is about people’s lives being lost needlessly on all sides and anyone who seeks to protest against this deserves respect not cheap, racially motivated jibes (substituting the word Muslims for the word Hamas suggests a racially born stance).

Just because the supporters of people in Gaza have chosen to stage a rally does not mean your correspondent cannot get off his or her high horse and organise one to reflect their views.

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Animal testing is necessary

Chloe Neves is incorrect to say that testing cosmetics on animals was banned last year – it was banned in the UK in 1998 (letters July 29).

What happened last year was a Europe-wide ban came into force preventing the testing or import of cosmetics and/or their ingredients if they have been tested on animals.

While the government hasn’t legislated a ban on household products, it has not granted any licenses for such experiments since 2010, and is investigating the feasibility of a ban.

I should also point out that 98 per cent of the animals we are talking about here are mice, rats, birds and fish.

It is illegal to use higher-order animals such as Great Apes, or use an animal at all if there is an alternative method.

Laboratory animals are indeed sentient beings, as are the much larger number of humans and other animals that benefit from medical and veterinary research.

Much as I can feel sorry for the mouse which gave us the breast cancer drug Herceptin, which is based on a mouse hormone, I also see the predicament of women with breast cancer, many of whom will be parents to dependent children.

Likewise, as much as I can feel sympathy with the badgers, cattle and possums which were needed to develop the badger TB vaccine, I see it as preferable both to a cull or spreading an untested vaccine throughout the countryside.

In short, it would be naïve to believe that the end of animal research would do anything other than lead to vastly greater human and animal suffering in the long run.

Chris Magee, Understanding Animal Research

Menace of date with TV puppet

In the Sun Life television advert, Sir Michael Parkinson says he has been asked many times who his favourite TV interview was with.

You can bet it was not Rod Hull and Emu, who gave him a horrid time, he spent more time wrestling rather than conducting an interview.

If he had been carrying a Parker Pen on his person at the time, he might have been able to use it as a weapon to defend himself with.

G F Chattell, Bamber Bridge