LETTERS: Edward Wheatley, March 13, 2015

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I agree with David Newman regarding Halal and Jewish slaughter, but I draw his attention to Matthew 7 v 3 and suggest that we also look to the defects in animal welfare in our own system.

Closing local slaughter houses and building huge central ones has meant that livestock suffer distress as they are transported to them for many miles over days just to cut costs to improve the profits of the major supermarkets.

Luckily in this area we still have a local abattoir run by Howards’ butchers which means animals are saved all the distress of long transportation and factory methods. As a non-vegetarian animal lover I feel happier eating their meat which, incidentally, is no dearer than the local supermarket and tastes much nicer.

Edward Wheatley,