Letters: Fox hunting needs more rigorous monitoring

Scottish hunts are still chasing foxes with hounds. Picture: PA

Scottish hunts are still chasing foxes with hounds. Picture: PA

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THE UK Prime Minister’s attempts to repeal the hunting ban in England and Wales has brought to light the fact that the hunting ban in Scotland is a farce.

The ten Scottish hunts are still hunting foxes with packs of hounds; nothing has changed, it’s business as usual.

The brown hare is also a victim of hunters and could face extinction in the not too distant future. Check the League Against Cruel Sports’ investigation.

They try to justify their ‘sport’ by claiming it is pest control - a pack of lies. Foxes are encouraged and carcasses left for them by some hunts, even often encouraging foxes to breed in artificial, man-made dens.

Send this crew back to the dark ages and have our ban enforced. There is no place for blood sports in a civilised society.

Those who like the ‘chase’ can participate in drag hunting.

Mrs Hazel Fraser, Tarbrax, West Calder

Salmond knows value of religious faith

As an MP, Alex Salmond is quite entitled to express preferences for knowing where he stands on issues with people of faith, so long as he does not act partially in any way towards them.

Neil Barber, who frequently displays barely concealed dislike for Christianity, criticises Mr Salmond (Letters, September 5). Yet Mr Salmond has a guid knowledge of Scots history and culture and is right not to be swayed in policy discussions by ephemeral vox pops and opinion polls which are frequently wrong (as we saw leading up to September 2014 in Scotland and to May 2015 in England) even about numbers of faith and non-faith adherents.

Professional football and the Gaelic language are both less ‘popular’ in number terms in Scotland than they were 70 years ago, but that does not mean that these aspects of our culture are less valuable to our national heritage and culture than they were previously.

Village shops, trade unions and churches are all more poorly supported than in former years in our disparate and often more broken society, but that is no ample pretext for writing off these features of Scottish culture.

Alex Salmond has a better grasp of Scots life and its roots in faith than Neil Barber.

Gus Logan, York Road, North Berwick

Scotland should share refugees

Our first minister Nicola Sturgeon is going to propose that Scotland should have its share of refugees.

I would hope that our politicians who vote for it will ensure that their own constituency will house a percentage of the numbers that arrive, otherwise it will be the poorer areas of Scotland that will bear the brunt.

John Connor, David Henderson Court, Dunfermline, Fife

Tracking the latest tram moves in city

When passing Haymarket I noticed this warning sign outside the door of new Transport for Edinburgh Travelshop. Is this a secret extension for the trams or is it where the tracks for the Leith extension are held?

I suppose I’ll have to wait for the shop to open to find out.

Alastair Murray, Elliot Road, Edinburgh

RHS plans would ruin Edinburgh views

I have to agree with everything that Alan Hunter writes about bringing back buildings that are more suited to Edinburgh (Letters, September 5).

The illustration presented on the latest plans for the RHS are cleverly done. The new buildings shown are of five and six floors high which would dominate and overpower the old school and ruin yet another view that visitors come to Edinburgh to admire.

This historic school would be a perfect home for St Mary’s Music School and they would keep this wonderful Thomas Hamilton building alive in the way that it was meant.

John D Gray, Duddingston, Edinburgh

Solar energy cut will leave fans in lurch

The Government has announced that the amount paid to households installing solar panels from next year will fall from 12.47p per kilowatt hour to 1.63p – a fall of 87 per cent.

The solar panel industry only grew because of government subsidies but in 2014 solar was a minuscule 1.29 per cent of electricity consumption.

Critics of solar said that subsidies were far too generous, enabling wealthy families to rake in cash at the expense of the many struggling to pay their energy bills.

This announcement will lead to an immediate collapse in the solar panel market, so what will happens to the customers’ 20-year warranties?

They will be worthless as companies, with no new business coming in, will opt for liquidation leaving customers with no warranty and expensive repair bills.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow