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Letters To The Editors 12th, July, 2017

Letters To The Editors  12th, July, 2017
July 12
15:33 2017

Trapping dogs

Norman Yee, Nadi

My recent complaint on the subject of stray dogs happily coincided with the report that Suva has been very active in this regard, with the co-operation of the town council, the Agriculture Department and SPCA. What a wonderful effort!

Since then after posting this letter on Facebook, I have had several comments sympathising with me. There are problems in Nausori and Lautoka as well

One comment I received was that Animals Fiji could spay or neuter the animals which would reduce further multiplication. Obviously the depreciation of the population would be painfully slow.

In the meantime if these dogs are released into the public domain the vociferous barking would continue and we humans especially children would also be likely to suffer continual attacks.

How can we convince dog owners NOT to let their dogs bark needlessly at night when we badly need our beauty sleep.

How do we address this everlasting problem?

I would respectfully submit that the strays be put on death row as my brother in New Zealand gently put it.

In fact according to my tavale in this advanced country they have Dog Police that patrol the streets catching strays if they have a collar they are returned to the owner with a fine. The others as he put it are assigned to ‘death row’.

Those with owners that attack or kill people would have hefty fines and  also put to sleep. If you take your dog for a walk without a lease you can expect an on the spot fine. They also have noise control as well. If there is a complaint the owner is fined too. They pay about $174 per dog.

I would love to hear from Animals Fiji their views on how to rid us of strays but most of all how to curb the nightly chorus from strays as well as from legitimately owned dogs.


Good budget

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

For ordinary Fijians living below the poverty line, any national budget that enables and empowers them to improve their standard of living is a good budget.

Fijians who earn $30,000 per annum will be exempt from paying income tax, which means those in this category have more in their pay packet.

Fijians should thank the FijiFirst Government for all the goodies that will be made available through this new budget, on top of the existing ones.

At the end of the day, the budget in the eyes of ordinary Fijians becomes good or bad when families work out how much money is spent to feed the family daily.

In the past 10 years, it seems that the buying power of a $50 note has been greatly reduced. The budget seems to put more spending money in the hands of working Fijians but the cost of living rises accordingly and by this time next year; we the ordinary people will continue to say that times are hard.

Reduce the cost of living while people have more disposable income and at the same time continue with all the goodies and employment opportunities and people including the Opposition MP’s will have both their thumbs up, saying: Good budget!



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