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Reader Letter: Won’t someone think of the snails?

PUBLISHED: 16:27 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:27 26 July 2018

Action from The World Snail Racing Championships at Congham, Norfolk.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Action from The World Snail Racing Championships at Congham, Norfolk. Picture: Nick Butcher

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One reader says they’re concerned about the welfare of snails in races. What do you think?

In reference to Simon Parkin’s article on the World Snail Championships, I feel although the snail and slug community is not held in high regard by most people, was it really necessary to have the snails, from what looks like in the photo, competing for the honour of top snail in direct sunlight for even what we would think is a short period of time.

These creatures need moisture and cool shaded conditions to survive.

Surely couldn’t some kind soul have supplied a gazebo to set above their championship arena maybe there may have been more chance of a record speed and less chance of any competitors suffering.

Do you agree with our reader? Let us know in the comments below or write to us at edpletters@archant.co.uk

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