It was good to seelocal Labour Party Chairman Dr Michael Thompson standing up for local residents (Join our campaigns, January 11).

I also totally approve of the party’s affiliation to the Labour Animal Welfare Society, which a previous correspondent appeared to belittle.

It’s important to remember that more than 150 billion animals are slaughtered by humans annually, and that 50% of this planet’s wildlife has been wiped out, due to human activity, in the past 40 years.

This means that, certainly in terms of killing and suffering, the mistreatment of other animals by human beings is by far the most serious social justice issue of all time, and it is to the credit of Bromsgrove Labour Party that they have chosen not to ignore it.

Daniel Minter