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Aid needs to be passed on responsibly; Letters extra.

WITH the approach of Christmas comes the annual plea by aid charities to support destitute communities in the poorest parts of the world with a gift of a goat or a cow.

However, recent images from droughtstricken Niger in Western Africa shows a vast landscape of emaciated cattle - either dead or dying.

They went hungry because their owners were too poor to feed them and they went without water because there wasn't enough for both people and animals.

Animals are suffering depravation, disease and neglect on farms.

Animal Aid feel that it is vastly more efficient to use available agricultural resources (land, labour, energy and water) to feed people directly rather than first passing nutrients through animals.

It is therefore nonsensical to saddle already impoverished communities with a food production system that makes poor use of their available assets.

Janet Cummings, Rugby.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Geographic Code:6NIGE
Date:Nov 25, 2010
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