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THE HERALD FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16 2016


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BIZARRE STATISTICS ABOUT SNARES


DEAR SIR, In response to a recent spate of


letters to news publications across Wales from the League Against Cruel Sports putting forward bizarre statistics on the use and capture rate of snares, we note the fantastical claims being made to fuel their disingenuous petition and will take appropriate action. The fact is that Wales is already


leading the way in snaring policy in the UK, having recently published a new Code of Practice which the League Against Cruel Sports agreed to word for word, yet refused to put their logo on the document. Snaring is a vital management


tool in the countryside, which benefits wildlife conservation and a range of economic activities from shooting and agriculture to forestry and eco-tourism. Snaring is an emotive subject


and the emotion escalates when the general public are not presented with the scientific facts. The Countryside Alliance are happy to present you with the truth and you can view a copy of the Welsh Government code on their website gov.wales/docs/desh/ publications/150915-code-of-practice- snares-en.pdf.


Rachel Evans


Director for Wales Countryside Alliance


GETTING FLEECED!


DEAR SIR, We recently had our 33 sheep


shorn at our Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park tourist attraction at Gwbert, near Cardigan. We paid the shearer £50 and sent the bagged fleeces off to the wool merchant. About half the fleeces were black,


whilst most of the others had some black fibres within them. Now, we have just received a


cheque for the princely sum of £3.80 for the LOT, because black wool is only deemed to be worth 10 pence a kilo!


As it happens, we only charge


£3.90 per person entrance fee to Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park to feed farm animals and view seals and dolphins in the wild from our cliffs in stunning scenery. Even at that very modest amount


per adult, it is still worth more than all the wool from 33 sheep! Talk about getting fleeced! I can


just about afford a pint of lager to drown my sorrows!


Lyn Jenkins


Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park, Gwbert-on-Sea, Cardigan


A DIFFERENT BREXIT


DEAR SIR, If Britain had voted to remain


in the EU, whilst another of the 27 nations, X, had chosen to leave, we would all have agreed that X must not be permitted to enjoy the same trade benefits as club members. It would have become essential to impose trade barriers, in and out, between X and the EU, to enrich us, the remaining club members, with more beneficial reciprocal trade. This is especially true if X had chosen to accept the movement of money, but not of people. The EU must ensure that such a nation has no access to the Single Market. Nations which are opposed to


the free movement of all citizens, as deriving, like democracy, from the principle of egalitarianism, the equal value of all citizens, have no place within the EU club of those who believe in free movement as one of the two founding ethical principles of the EU, plus the idea of nations combining to create world peace. Even if all Brexit supporters refute such profound beliefs for themselves, they should still be able to recognise them in other people, so very different from themselves. Brexit leaders have claimed that


this trade break with the EU will not undermine our prosperity because an isolated Britain will form much better trade deals with the rest of the world, those who are so much further away. While that may be extremely unlikely, it might be vaguely possible, since the future is always unknown, but scarcely a complete mystery. In the meantime, we must expect


that our actions must force the EU to raise tax barriers against us, to concentrate free trade within the club, in order best to ensure the continued prosperity of that club. They have the primary duty to make decisions which defend both the financial interests, but also those ethical beliefs upon which the club was founded, which we have chosen to reject. Within Britain’s population,


citizens who believe in nations cooperating can never agree with those isolationists who are quite opposed to thinking beyond Britain’s Trade, to those goals shared by 27 nations, such as world peace and honest control over all corporations. All of us must recognise these


firmly held beliefs, held in direct opposition to one another. C. N. Westerman Brynna


CAN YOU HELP AT THE BIG COLLECTION?


DEAR SIR,


Tresaith Beach: by Tina Lorch.


We’re inviting Herald readers to


join us at the Big Collection at their local Tesco on Friday and Saturday (Sept 16-17). The bucket collection is taking


place at stores in Wales and across the UK and every pound raised will help fund the vital work of Diabetes UK and The British Heart Foundation. It is a fantastic weekend and we would love you to be involved. So, if you can spare a couple of hours on either day and would like to help, then you can register easily to collect at your local store on our website - www. tescocharitypartnership.org.uk. We want to change millions of


people’s lives for the better, which is why the National Charity Partnership aims to improve the health of the nation and help reduce people’s risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. But it is only possible with the


support of people who give us their time - you will be making a real difference to people living with the conditions or those at risk of developing them. Dai Williams National Director Diabetes UK Cymru


THE VALUE OF RECYCLING


DEAR SIR, I have suggested to my local


council that they should advertise to citizens that if we discard torch batteries then we are throwing away almost pure zinc and nickel; whereas, if we take the small trouble to recycle the same things, then we are providing the companies who make new batteries with perfect


raw materials, such as the above or lithium or cadmium. Now the manufacturers can produce the same batteries at a fraction of the previous cost, when they mined these valuable metals from ores which contained only a small percentage of the desired metals. Schools can teach pupils the truths of both chemistry and economics, about the composition of metal ores and the huge benefits of recycling, for us and for the planet. So the council should tell every


citizen that by recycling as much as possible, the ordinary citizen is having a substantial effect on the price of goods and the whole economy. We are all able to cut our cost of living, all to our own benefit. Doesn’t that make sense - to look after number one? However, I really would much


prefer it if British citizens had the same cooperative attitude to social responsibility as I have observed in Germany, where very few citizens ever discard rubbish thoughtlessly, but are quite prepared and even individually proud to take the time to recycle different categories of materials into the separate, appropriate bins which are provided. It is not necessary to persuade each of these German citizens that it is in their own best interest, personally, to recycle as much as possible, because they share a quite different culture, based upon higher values than their own pocket. I would much prefer that the councils or any other public body did not have to coax anyone to recycle for reasons of their own self-interest. The Germans already possess a belief that society is all people working together toward the common good. Britain needs to think again, beyond this self- centred culture.


Name and Address supplied CRUISE SHIP AHOY!


DEAR SIR, As a keen cruiser and owner of


Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park at Gwbert, Cardigan, I welcome the recent visit by the German cruise ship AIDAVita into Fishguard Harbour. Cruising is a very important growing industry. The AIDAVita is 666 feet long, has a


draft of 20.7 feet, weighs 42,289 tonnes and carries 1,266 passengers. Your article says she is the biggest cruise ship to visit Fishguard. However, that is considered a small cruise ship these days. I recently visited the Norwegian


Fjords on the magnificent P&O ‘Azura’. She is 951.4 feet long, weighs a massive 115,056 tonnes, carries 3,096 passengers, and yet only has a draft of 27.8 feet. Interestingly, she docked at a concrete


jetty less than half her length at Nordfjord in Norway. They used large floating orange mooring buoys to anchor her fore and aft. Of course, these were soundly secured to the sea bed, but I thought that it was a very clever - relatively cheap - way of anchoring such a large ship to a smallish jetty. I wonder if this mooring technique


can be applied in a port like Pembroke Dock, which is more sheltered than Fishguard. If so, it may be possible to welcome


far larger cruise ships into Pembrokeshire, bringing much more revenue and providing superb visual interest even for visitors to The Rath in Milford Haven. The large cruise ships are a


magnificent sight! British Isles cruises are becoming ever more popular.


L J Jenkins, Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park,


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