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Remember that all animals suffer

IT would be termed "cruel and unusual punishment" if the courts were to inflict the type of penalty harsh enough to equal the suffering that Gavin Hope put that goldfish through in an act which has left the public disgusted (Online, April 23).

Common sense inform us that fish – like all animals – share with us a nervous system which ensures that they experience pain.

Let's pray that Hope doesn't pass on such thoughtlessness to his young son.

EMMA WARNER

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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