I am a vegetarian (most of the time), but I do not feel that my choice makes me superior to others who choose to eat meat. However, I do feel that animals that are farmed and eaten for our benefit, should at least be treated humanely. It is vital that we remember that animals do feel pain – to assume they don’t is to kid ourselves. So, I’m not against eating meat (though I prefer not to) but I am against cruel practices that are often allowed in the pursuit of higher profits. What follows is an article I’ve curated here.
SIR – Well done to Gary Kibblewhite (Worcester news, November 28) for telling us about the terrible cruelty in the fish industry.
They really are the forgotten victims.
However he seems to think that the Christmas turkey has a good life, I suggest he goes on the Animal Aid website to see how they are reared and slaughtered.
As an animal rights campaigner for 30 years I can assure Gary that we try to help all animals including fish. We have numerous campaigns against fish cruelty. We are trying to persuade supermarkets not to sell prawns that have suffered eyestalk ablation.
Of course the only way to stop food animals suffering is to go vegan. When a living creature becomes a commodity it can never end well. By the way a vegetarian that eats fish is NOT a vegetarian.