Apology wrong

PUBLISHED: 10:16 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

SIR, — Re your story headlined New cow heals rift with Hindus (Herts Advertiser, January 22). Why has no-one at Bhaktivedanta Manor been prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 for the way they let Gangotri suffer? The Act exists to allow animals t

SIR, - Re your story headlined "New cow heals rift with Hindus (Herts Advertiser, January 22). Why has no-one at Bhaktivedanta Manor been prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 for the way they let Gangotri suffer?

The Act exists to allow animals "to be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease" and it appears from your article that an offence under the Act had clearly been committed.

I find it incredible and outrageous that the RSPCA should have had to apologise for putting the cow to sleep. They acted properly upholding the law and I think their only shortcoming was in not reporting those responsible to the police.

Before anyone reacts to this letter by waving the race card in my face, may I point out that I am Hindu. May I also point out to my fellows that justice in this wonderfully-tolerant country (in which we have chosen to live) is blind- i.e. takes no account of race or religion so religion cannot, under any circumstances, be used as an excuse to break the law. If we truly believe it is, we should go and live elsewhere.

SUNIL PATEL,

College Street, St Albans.

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