It’s depressing to hear again that tradition is touted as an excuse for subjecting a wild animal to a stressful ordeal for human amusement.
Keeping a goat in a cage 60 feet above a Kerry town in the middle of a heat wave might be fun for some people, but it’s not such a healthy event when you look at it from the unfortunate animal’s perspective.
The fact that this goat – named King Puck – wears a crown on its shriveled head hardly makes up for this gruesome blast from the past.
The goat was removed yesterday due to the heat. But in a few months, when the heat wave will be long forgotten, tradition will once again be cited in defense of another relic of the Middle Ages.
Hares are hunted by high-spirited hounds in hail, rain and snow… they squirm and dodge in soggy, frozen, snow-covered or storm-swept fields across Ireland.
Fans claim that the bunnies enjoy the experience, like the goat, which is said to get a kick from being hoisted aloft, and like King Puck, they are released back into the wild after the show.
Whether in the sweltering heat or in the depths of an Irish climate change winter, animals must bear the brunt of man’s stupidity and inhumanity.
Callan, Co Kilkenny
Shame! Shame! They’re all targeting Donald Trump
I think we can largely agree that Donald Trump is uneducated, uncouth and misogynistic, but to this long list of “accomplishments” we can now add that he understands neither irony nor infamy.
The former US President, who professed his belief that “only bad guys and mafia types are entitled to the Fifth (Amendment),” is taking that course himself during investigations into his business practices. Irony.
This goes well with his claims about witch hunts and “they’re all out to get me…” . Shame… got it? (with thanks to Continue movies). In what other country would such a man thrive?
Teachers threatening to strike is now a certainty in Irish life
There are actually three things that are certain in life, not just the traditional two, death and taxes. Now teachers who threaten to strike can be added to the list because they play the “woe is me” card while they’re sitting on their ass three months a year.
Address with the editorial office
Don’t condemn Israel – Gaza is a ‘hostile entity’
Brian Ó Éigeartaigh (“Only by ending the siege on Gaza can Israel protect all citizens”, Letters, August 11) condemns Israel for labeling Gaza a “hostile entity”.
Unfortunately, it is so. Along with Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon/Syria and Islamic Jihad poised to oust Fatah in the West Bank, Israel finds itself surrounded by Iran-backed militias.
Iran, as we all know, believes that the State of Israel should not exist and that the Jewish people are a cancer of the earth.
Thus, after decades of deplorable leadership, the Palestinian people have allied themselves with a distant country that regards Israel as an enemy American satellite.
All of this is tragic for both the Palestinians and the Jews in the region.
Ironically, during the Iraq-Iran war (financed by the EU and the US), Israel, now feeling threatened by Iran’s nuclear development, destroyed the Iraqi nuclear site that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein would likely have used against Iran, using the provided coordinates from Iranian sources.
Firehouse, Dublin 2
It appears that America’s official record code is a broken flush
Section 2071 of Title 18 of the US Code refers to the destruction of official records by a variety of means “conceal, remove, mutilate, obliterate…” but there is no mention of flushing.
Box Hill, Melbourne
Workers need a break – not those on exorbitant unemployment benefits
Who rules this country? The government is now proposing a possible increase in welfare payments of €15 per week.
Unemployment benefit in Germany is over 200 euros per week. In the north it costs around €70 (£60).
It’s the workers and taxpayers who need a break. The sums paid out in welfare payments are ridiculous. We are the most generous welfare state in the world.
Bray, Co. Wicklow
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/puck-fair-is-merely-another-sideshow-of-animal-cruelty-41906429.html Puck Fair is just another sideshow of animal cruelty