SIR: As a local resident I am appalled to find that the organisers of this "foodie" event feel the need to include pig racing as an attraction. This is the 21st century for goodness sake! Lets have some respect for our fellow creatures!

Further, given the current and apparently ongoing heatwave, I dread to think of the welfare issues thus posed. Will the RSPCA attend to ensure that the pigs are provided with adequate shelter and water? Who will protect these poor creatures from noise and the unwanted attentions of over excited punters?

And never forget, cute little piggies run races (whether they want to or not), but cute little piggies do not remain cute forever: their ultimate fate is the slaughter house.

Pigs are intelligent sentient creatures: they deserve better.

Mrs J Pearce,

Headbourne Worthy