We've had a few crisp mornings this July, Peter McCallum of Booleroo Centre took this photo of a frozen trough a few weeks ago.
We've had a few crisp mornings this July, Peter McCallum of Booleroo Centre took this photo of a frozen trough a few weeks ago.

Does eating dogs make you sick?

The Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China has just finished for another year.

Thousands of dogs were barbarically slaughtered and their flesh sold as food. For us, the thought of killing, cooking, dismembering, and eating our animal companions is enough to make most of us lose our lunch.

But there's no rational reason why the thought of eating any other animal shouldn't elicit the same revulsion – especially when animals raised and slaughtered in Australia often face horrors akin to those endured by the dogs in Yulin.

Dogs killed and eaten in Yulin are crammed into small cages and put on trucks, which may then travel for hundreds of kilometres to Yulin, often deprived of food, water, and rest.

The same happens to millions of sheep, lambs, cows, and other animals within Australia.

The live-export trade transports animals to Southeast Asia and the Middle East, thousands of kilometres, only to meet their violent end via a slaughterer's blade.

We're offended by reports of dogs at Yulin being boiled alive.

But right here in Australia, countless chickens and turkeys meet a similar fate every single day: at the abattoir, many of these intelligent birds manage to keep their heads out of the electrified water baths meant to stun them, leaving them fully conscious as their throats are slit, and many are still alive as they're immersed in scalding-hot water to remove their feathers.

No animal wants to suffer and die for our palate.

Yes, let's be outraged by the cruelty that takes place during the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, but let's extend our compassion to all animals – not just dogs – by leaving them off our plates.

Desmond Bellamy, Special Projects Co-ordinator PETA Australia

Deliver us better commentary

Wouldn't it be nice (as the Beach Boys would say) if the Channel 7 AFL commentary team took note and learnt from the classy, dignified and educated approach delivered by the FIFA World Cup TV commentators.

And rather than treating us, the viewers, as totally ignorant morons, describing to us all, that it was 'a handball, it's been kicked high, he's dropped a sitter, it's a long ball' – the examples could go on endlessly  – and delivered at a rate that makes it sound more like a horse race call.

Talk about stating the obvious.

It's well and truly time that the main offenders, such as Bruce McAvaney, with his bloody statistics, Brian Taylor and James Brayshaw realised that they are on TV and that we can all see the action.

It's not radio and they don't have to describe what we can already see!

Rick Drewer, Gawler East

Mayo by-election looms

In regards to the Mayo by-election, could there be no greater contrast?

One currently unpaid candidate holds a fundraising quiz night @ $20 per head for about 200 people in order to raise funds to continue her campaign.

A variety of interesting supporters in attendance are John Schumann, Independent MP Cathy McGowan and Senator Rex Patrick.

The other candidate waltzes around a Mayo coffee shop and a well-known Hahndorf tourism destination with the Prime Minister no less, and then hosts an exclusive $5000 a head dinner at a well-known Adelaide Hills Hotel with the “celebrity” presence of the Foreign Minister.

Who do you think will be a better representative of the ordinary working people of Mayo? In my opinion, Rebekha Sharkie has already proven herself to be that person.

Alex Hodges,