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I BELIEVE we ordinary people should stalk the stalkers.

If your council has used CCTV to see if you've dropped litter or dog mess, you should watch the councillors who sanctioned this. Watch to see if they drive without seat belts, use mobile phones while driving or drop fag butts - and if they do, report them.

It's the same for social security snoopers. If they snoop on you, you snoop on them, and if they do anything wrong, report them.

If anyone complains, use their argument against them.

If you're not doing anything wrong, you've got nothing to worry about! Let those without guilt cast the first stone. Stalk the stalkers! SIMON CLARK, Neath ON MONDAY, April 20, a morning TV item centred on children's attitudes to the recession. And 90% of the 1,000 polled were willing to make sacrifices in terms of pocket money, goodies etc to help with their family's finances.

This contrasts with recent demands made by teachers' groups. The National Union of Teachers has asked for a 10% pay rise.

Is this a case of pupils having something to teach their teachers? In one way, the recession might confer a benefit. By driving unemployed professionals into teaching it might weaken the tendency of teachers to live in their own world divorced from reality.

MARGARET BROWN St David's, Pembrokeshire FIONA Pereira incorrectly claims (WoS letters, April 26) that amendments to the new EU laws governing animal research voted through by the European Parliament's agriculture committee would seriously weaken proposals from the European Commission.

In fact, these amendments correct rules that would have slowed down or even stopped important medical research in Europe for no corresponding benefit to animal welfare.

The revisions to the EU laws on animal research strike an excellent balance between supporting and encouraging top-flight medical research in Europe on the one hand, and ensuring proper oversight of this research and due regard for animal welfare on the other.

All the major medical research charities in the UK support the amendments the agriculture committee has proposed.

This should not be surprising - a recent poll found that 96% of GPs agreed animal research has made important contributions to many medical advances, and 88% agreed that new medicines should be tested on animals before human trials take place.

Animal research has played a key role in developing many therapies that we now take for granted, including everything from antibiotics to heart transplants, and continues to be vital in fields as diverse as stem cell medicine and the discovery of effective treatments for genetic diseases such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy..

In particular, research using monkeys is crucial to the development of new treatments for neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease and the development of vaccines against HIV.

If you value the contribution made by British and European scientists to medical progress, please contact your MEPs and remind them to remember the patients when they vote on the new rules this month.

For more information and suggestions on how you can help visit www.pro-test.org.uk/.

PAUL BROWNE Pro- Test, Oxford DURING Deaf Awareness Week (May 4-10, 2009), RNID Cymru is asking us all to look after our hearing health and take the charity's specially developed hearing check.

People can take up to 15 years to acknowledge their hearing loss.

RNID Cymru's message is simple - if you have hearing difficulties, check your hearing now so you can start taking steps to return to a fulfilling and active life.

You can take RNID's hearing check on 0844 800 3838 or via the website, www.rnid.org.uk.

RNID also wants to hear about the impact that deafness or hearing loss has on people's everyday lives. E-mail your story, in confidence, to mediarelations@rnid.org.uk MAX BOYCE on behalf of RNID Cymru
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