Commendably, Linda Ensor’s article in The Times (Clucking in a chicken coop, March 24) articulated arguments for both sides, but the one in Business Day (Measures for poultry relief on the wing, March 24) lacked balance and therefore does not make for healthy debate. It seemed to lean precariously towards the South African Poultry Association (Sapa) in word count and stance, depicting them and the local industry as the aggrieved, needing urgent government intervention. It went on to weave in as an afterthought the fact that dumping should not be singled out as the scapegoat. This, when dumping happens to be the key "weapon" used by Sapa to demonise the position of the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (Amie). There is unanimity among government and industry interested parties that the South African poultry industry is facing a grave crisis. When reporting on an issue of this magnitude, it is important to foster healthy debate. Surely this is what responsible journalism is ...

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