In defence of Australian wool

The Tribune report “Indian designers to shun wool from Australia” (April 20) claims that some Indian designers have decided not to use Australian wool because of the practice of mulesing of sheep. If the reports are correct, the Australian High Commission urges them to reconsider their decision.

The Australian government is committed to seeing a continuation of the significant improvements in animal welfare outcomes in the live animal trade. The sheep and wool industries are among the most important agricultural industries in Australia. It produces almost 50 per cent of the wool used in the global apparel market. With this in mind, the Australian Government and industry are committed to the highest standards of animal welfare for Australia’s sheep industries.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, neatly hand-written or typed in double space, should not exceed the 150-word limit. These can be sent by post to the Letters Editor, The Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh-160030.

Letters can also be sent by e-mail to: Letters@tribuneindia.com

— Editor-in-Chief


Australia’s most respected animal welfare NGO, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer and the independent Australian Veterinary Association all recognise that the sheep industry practice of mulesing — the surgical removal of wool bearing skin from the crutch area — prevents painful sheep deaths due to fly strike caused by a unique and aggressive Australian blow fly. Blow fly strike occurs when blow flies lay eggs in moist wool often under the tail of the sheep and the resulting flesh eating maggots create wounds causing the sheep considerable pain, stress and suffering, and in many cases death.

While mulesing is the most humane practice currently available, the Australian wool industry is committed to phasing it out by 2010. The Australian government and industry are jointly funding research into a pain-free alternative. One particular non-surgical approach is already in the development stage, and is expected to be available to products in 2007.

JOHN FISHER, Head of Public Affairs, Australian High Commission, New Delhi

Graceful gesture

It was a graceful gesture on the part of General Musharraf to meet Mr A.B. Vajpayee at his residence in New Delhi. After all, it was Mr Vajpayee who started the peace process between India and Pakistan. In doing so, he went against the wishes of his party, the Sangh Parivar and the popular mood in the country at that time. It was his third attempt to restore peace with Pakistan having failed on earlier occasions.

If Indo-Pak goodwill is at an all-time high today, we have to thank the former Prime Minister for it was he who set the ball rolling.


No justice

The Tribune report “Kidney patient dies awaiting justice” (April 15) is an example of true journalism. Such reports prove that The Tribune is really the “Voice of people”. The media should focus on the drawbacks of the judiciary. What is the significance of courts when people are facing hardship due to delay or no justice? Our courts are courts of law, not courts of justice.


We must blame ourselves

A minor girl was raped by a constable at Mumbai’s Marine drive on April 21. It is shocking that our protectors have become our predators. What was more shocking was that nobody from the public tried to save the girl. Everybody gave statements on TV channels about what they saw but nobody said or told about what they did.

The constable has been dismissed from service and the Inspector in-charge has been transferred. Is this enough? We keep blaming the police, politicians and almost everyone around us. Why don’t we blame ourselves?

HARVEEN K. SEKHON, Malout (Punjab)

Booking counters

The Karnal railway station was built in 1892. With the passage of time, it has acquired some modern look. There is a big rush, particularly in the evenings, for tickets for Dadar, Delhi etc. Only one clerk deals with the current tickets. Because of undue delay in getting the tickets, some people find it difficult to travel. They also lose precious time and money. To cope with the rush, the authorities should appoint more staff or sanction one more booking counter.


Yoga dress code

Yoga has become popular today. People do yoga at home and in green belts. In the camps organised in green belts, the instructors are much concerned about the yoga, unmindful of the participants’ dress code. Ideally, women should wear non-transparent salwar kameez dress with salwar tied from the bottom.


Costlier meters

I agree with D.P. Jindal’s views (Letters, April 8) on electronic meters. The Punjab State Electricity Board should get the defects rectified and install electronic meters (fast running) in consumers’ houses. Besides, dishonest and unscrupulous consumers should be penalised heavily.



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