7 JULY 1950, Page 20

SIR.—May I thank Lord Dunsany for his brilliantly witty and

amusing article A Barbarous Rite. All animals-lovers will feel grateful to him for his valiant championship of their faithful friends, the dogs, and may these potent words do much to put a stop, on their behalf, to the senseless, needless cruelties he so powerfully describes.—Yours faithfully,