COUNCILLOR Vassie is quite right to point out the huge animal welfare issues that we should be addressing in the present day.

One of the worst crimes that humans are perpetrating towards animals today is factory farming. Millions of innocent little creatures live miserable lives and never see the light of day, simply to provide us with cheaper food. And to what purpose?

There is plenty of evidence that a vegan (non-animal product) diet is the healthiest for humans.

However, I can't agree with Coun Vassie's comments about Coun Blanchard. I, for one, do want our politicians to speak out on all animal welfare issues.

I'm against all of these cruelties, including foie gras and circuses. Please, politicians, continue to raise all of these issues at every opportunity.

I Foster, Pasture House, Coxwold, York.