Letters to the Editor

Turned awayApart from the horror story of what criminal intruders did to Mr Scott Riley’s puppies (Advocate, August 19), the veterinarians whom Mr Riley contacted for assistance for the brutally attacked and dying Molly and who turned him away because he did not have the money needed should be ashamed of themselves.
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Searching: Suzanne Cass is concerned that dog owner Scott Riley had to search for help from a vet for his injured puppy after an attack last week.

What sort of veterinarian turns away a desperately suffering and dying animal?

I believe that they should re-acquaint themselves with the Veterinary Surgeon’s Oath, which states: “Being admitted to the profession of Veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation, the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence”.

Molly’s last hours must have been horrific, and at the very least a veterinarian could have ended her suffering.

Mr Riley, already grieving for family members and battling depression, would surely have paid the $200 required for that as soon as he could.

It is to be hoped that Tasmania Police will treat this obscene crime with the seriousness it deserves.

Suzanne Cass, Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty, Bridgewater

SickeningIt is sickening that such a thing could happen to a puppy, or for that matter, any animal.

What is worse is that no help was obtained because the owner had not the funds to pay at that moment.Very sad indeed.

Bunty Jackson, Penguin

BelongingThere are many situations where children grow up being denied knowledge of one or both their biological parents.

Many of these children experience inner turmoil through a sense of not belonging and not having identity, and when older go to great lengths to trace their parentage.They “search for their roots.”

We have a moral responsibility put children’s interests foremost.

Social science upholds that children do best when raised by their mother and father wherever possible.

For the children’s sake, we should uphold and protect “the most basic institution of civilisation – the monogamous covenantal union of a man and woman.”

The extension of reproductive technologies and adoption (where degrees of anonymity can apply) to homosexual couples will introduce confusion into these children’s lives and deny the basic right to be raised by their biological parents.

Many of these children will say too, “I don’t belong here.”We may well repeat history and have to say, “Who will apologise for this stolen generation?”

Alan Lee, Turners Beach

Dividend release neededIt is time TasWater is released from the shackles of the state’s 29 councils expecting unsustainable dividends. In 2012/13 $18.6m and 2013/14 $22.1m was paid in dividends to councils, this is while Tasmanian communities are living in Third World conditions.

State Government could pass legislation to buy out the council’s shareholdings and reduce TasWater dividends for a period of time to accelerate infrastructure upgrades, the $22.1m paid in dividends last year would have gone a long way to upgrading infrastructure for the boiled water woes.

An example of reduced dividends is in 2015/2016 BHP’s 76 per cent reduction in dividends.Councils have to become smarter with their budgets and operate like public companies not just expecthandouts.

Peter Cooper, Bonnet Hill

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