Goal-line technology decision is overdue

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FIFA’s decision to allow goal-line technology is long overdue and very welcome.

It has long amazed me that it was not already in place and it is only a shame that we will have to wait until at least next year for it to be introduced in our stadiums.

It will be one less thing to argue about in post-match conversations in pubs up and down the land but doubtless bickering will continue about dubious refereeing decisions!

Paul Nuttall, UKIP North West MEP

Greyhounds remembered

July 21 and 22 is Greyhound Remembrance Weekend, when events are held across the UK in memory of the hundreds of thousands of greyhounds that have suffered and been put to death in the 86 years since commercial greyhound racing began in this country on July 24, 1926.

According to the greyhound protection organisation Action for Greyhounds, as many as 10,000 greyhounds are still being “put down” every year, after failing to make the grade as racers or when their “careers” on the track come to an end.

An RSPCA report has stated that at least 20 greyhounds a day – either puppies which do not make the track, or retired dogs aged three or four – simply “disappear” presumed killed. In addition, hundreds of greyhounds sustain serious, sometimes fatal, injuries whilst racing. Members of the public can help put an end to this horrific situation by not attending dog tracks, betting on greyhound racing, so this appalling industry fades away through lack of financial support. For more information, please visit the action for greyhounds website at www.actionforgreyhounds.co.uk.

A Yates

Union Street

Egerton, Bolton

Be a responsible dog owner

I write after seeing a recent ITV programme Barking Mad, and in light of the city council’s rightful concern about nuisance dogs.

I think your newspaper should pass on the following ‘responsible owner’ advice to all who need it. It is heartbreaking to me, and to anyone who loves dogs, to see how many are put to sleep because their owners failed them and especially because my own dog looks exactly like those dogs languishing in kennels and facing euthanasia for the way they look or behave.

My advice to people who want a dog is be sure of these:

l You can train your dog properly, or have the time and money to take your dog to training classes, to help you with this.

l You have the time and energy to run your dog in places off the lead, twice a day. Two hours per day is a minimum for this if your dog is active. This is absolutely essential.

l You take seriously what your dog eats, and can afford to feed him/her. Keep treats at a minimum if you don’t want a fat, disabled dog.

l You know places to take your dog so that he/she can socialise with other dogs, and people, off the lead. This too is essential.

l You can afford to get your dog chipped, and to pay insurance for your dog in case he/she needs expensive vet care.

l Your pockets are stuffed with dog-poo bags, and you know where the dog waste bins are.

And remember – only a fool leaves a dog with a baby or child. Be there, to be sure what’s going on.

Your dog is not a statement about who you are – it is a living animal.

Get your dog neutered, as there are already too many tough-looking dogs in rescue kennels, many of whom will never find a good home.

I hope that my own experience of taking a tough-looking dog from a rescue kennels will inspire others.

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