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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Cruelty to prawns British court case Monday, January 14. 1974 - THE LBTHBRIDQE HERALD - S LONDON (AP) - Eleanor Donoghy, 16, faces criminal charges in a British court for cruelty to prawns. Miss Donoghy's alleged crime was to fry the large shrimp to death instead of boiling them. Her case has so confused the court that it adjourned for nearly two months so that experts can decide such fundamental questions as "What is cruelty?" and even "What is a prawn?" Miss Donoghy works at a fish-processing plant near Berwick in the north of England. Her job was to dump prawns into boiling water in part of the process that turns them into scampi, but her workmates allege she put them oh the hot stove instead and watched as they "jumped about in agony" untl they died. The workers reported her to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). She denies the charge, but if convicted faces a maximum fine of $115. JUST BUGS? Miss Donoghy's lawyer argues that prawns are neither animals nor fish, but insects, and therefore not covered by the 1912 Protection of Animals Act. The court session in Duns, near Berwick, was adjourned Friday' until March 8 so experts in ^oology could prepare their testimony. Meanwhile, expert opinion in London was divided on whether it is possible to be cruel to prawns. A spokesman for the ministry of agriculture's shellfish laboratory said: "Prawns have a very low sensitivity and no organ that you could possibly call a pain centre." But the RSPCA issues these "humane cooking instructions:" Boil a saucepan of water to remove the oxygen, let the water cool, then drop in the prawns. "This method has the effect of anesthetising the prawn before it dies, an RSPCA spokesman said. "You should cook lobsters and crabs in the Pediatric same way. Any other method would be cruel." j Maybe that method is humane, but it is gastronomi-cally quite wrong, said Egon ronay, autjior of numerous books on gourmet dining. "Boiling is the only way to cook them properly," he said. "I really have no idea how much pain they feel but there are far nastier methods used in cooking some shellfish. Crayfish, for instance, are gutted live and then dropped in the water. They wiggle like mad. It must be a horrible way to die." Some 13 years ago the RSPCA intervened to save 500,000 oysters stranded in ships blocked by a London dockers' strike. The oysters were rescued, but eventually eaten alive by gourmets. Petition demands end to strike EDMONTON (CP) - A petition bearing 3,500 signatures and requesting that a state of emergency be called in the public transit strike has been presented to the city. "We, the undersigned citizens of Edmonton, who have undergone the privations of the city being without public transportation since Nov. 29, demand that a state of emergency be declar^ and that public transportation in the city of Edmonton be put into operation immediately," said the petition, organized by three city women. A spokesman for the women, Charlotte Weed, said the petition will be presented to Labor Minister Bert Hohol and another copy given to officials of local 569 of the amalgamated, transit, workers' union. "We want the strike ended," said Mrs. Weed in an interview, "we feel it is in fact an emergency and the minister of labor has to do something." She said the strike is causing hardship for many persons, particularly students, and is affecting downtown businesses. Dr. Hohol and, R. B. D'Esterre, chairman of the board of labor relations, agreed in late December that although the strike was creating inconveniences, the situation did not constitute a state of emergency. Under Section 163 of the Alberta Labor Act, the cabinet can order a strike ended, if, in its view, "extreme privation of human suf-' fering has been caused by a stoppage of services over an extended period of time." Department of labor officials met separately with the city and the union but received no indication the par-ties would resume negotiations in the next few days. The city provided a document to union officials outlining its latest offer to a 28-month contract. The document was in response to a union request for clarification of the city's wage proposals. B.C. motorcyclists lose insurance fight VANCOUVER (CP) -British Columbia's 30,000 motorcyclists, and the men who sell and service the machines, have lost their fight to get a reduction in their 1974 insurance rates. An Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC) spokesman says the rates will remain the same because a review showed changed were not justified. In nearly all cases, motorcycle rates set by ICBC are higher than those charged by the private companies. Bill Booth, executive secretary of the B.C. Motorcycle Industry Association, said earlier that the proposed ICBC rates "could mean the end of the industry because they are exorbitant." Various factors, he said, produced figures which showed motorcycle insurance to have extremely bad experience. Mr. Booth said examples of increases in insurance premiums for individual motorcyclists he has checked include rising to H19 from S300, to 1404 from $262 and to 1246 from $174. Commenting on the motor-cyclists' appeal and arguments, an ICBC spokesman said the corporation had beared complaints on rates in all fields and had made changes where they were justified. He said ICBC, having looked at the motorcycle situation, will keep the rates already set He said ICBC believed the private industry figures on which rates were based took responsibility for the accidents involved into account. The figures, he added, showed that premiums charged motorcyclists in the past did not cover claims. resigns CALGARY (CP) - Dr. Gerald Holman, head of the Foothills Hospital pediatric department, has resigned following a conflict with the hospital's board over the role of its children's ward. The board wanted to do the same "intensive kinds of specialized treatment" that the child health centre at the Alberta Children's Hospital is doing and that is "something I couldn't go along with," he said in an interview. "I think Foothills HospiUl should develop its children's ward to a very high level of care like the other major hospitals in Calgary," he said. "But it shouldn't try developing facilities for the very small number of children with very special problems who can best be treated at the health centre." "The community has worked very hard in the past five years to develop the health centre to the level it is today and none of the major hospitals in Calgary is able to do everything it is able to do to help special-problem children." Dr. Holman said he had hoped all the hospitals in Calgary would fall behind the health centre and support the concept that it alone should handle special problem children. "I haven't heard from the board whether my resignation has been accepted, but I see no reason why it won't. It was quite directly put to me that I either support the board's decision to duplicate the health centre's services and facilities or resign." NAMES KIDNAP PLOTTERS GUADALAJARA (AP) -Mexican authorities say they have arrested three Communist guerrillas, including one who admitted participating in the kidnapping last October of the honorary British consul in Guadalajara. Ruben Alvarez Con-treras, the Jalisco state attorney, said Jose de Jesus Ramirez Meza, 24, told the police a Guadalajara lawyer and his wife, also a lawyer, planned the kidnapping of consul Anthony Duncan Williams, a Mexican citizen. Warrants were issued for their arrest. A local industrialist, Fernando Aranguren, was also kidnapped Oct. 10. Williams was released unharmed, but Aranguren was killed. PRICE IS RIGHT 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. DAILY NOW thru JAN. 19th AT THE -k Complete New and Used Inventory on Sale -A- 150 Cars and Trucks -All Makes - All Models FINANCING NO DOWN PAYMENT (on approved credit) No payments 'lit March 15th 328-0174  328-0177  328-8726 ;