Unimpressed by protests
1:42pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Letters
DURING the past two decades, we seem to have moved into an age of professional demonstrators, with mainly the same people moving on from one to the next.
The first was fox hunting and this was done with total disregard to how cruel the fox was to domestic and other animals living in the wild.
Every species including human will kill a member of another species when hungry to feed his family, but usually only one. The fox on the other hand will kill other species in large numbers simply to satisfy his urge to kill. In spite of the fox’s nature and the need to keep the number under control, and fox hunting was an old country custom dating back over hundreds of years, they fought with strong convictions to protect the fox.
We then had GM (genetically modified) crops. These were scientifically modified so that when sown they were naturally healthier and did not require so much artificial fertiliser and spray and yielded heavier crops.
In spite of the fact that the benefit was obvious, they still demonstrated and even spoilt crops.
The next in line was the badger which was made an endangered species 20 years ago and as a result multiplied, as happened to the rabbit 60 years ago when they multiplied out of hand.
Nature took over, as with rabbits, and the badger is now dying in large numbers from tuberculosis.
Although they are now spreading tuberculosis among other wildlife and the dairy herd, which is costing the government millions, and the badger is dying a very painful and prolonged death, they still demonstrate.
Finally it is now the process of fracking – proving very successful in America in reducing the cost of energy and securing their energy for the future.
We, on the other hand, are in danger of, in the not to distant future, running out of energy. The lights will go out and we will be unable to use our motor cars.
The alternative if we wish to continue using our motor car and keep the lights on is the unreliable and unsightly windmills and solar panels.
Without offering a practical alternative, they still demonstrate, though in their defence I have a little sympathy – should the government do more to educate the people why we have to accept these changes?
SIR ERIC HOWELLS CBE Llanddewi Velfrey