I FEEL I must write to you referring to the letter from our young friend who asks us all to become vegetarians.

I would like her to think of the wider issues of her belief.

All our cows, calves, bulls and beef cattle would have to be killed and destroyed. Therefore no milk.

Our chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys would go. Therefore no eggs.

Our pigs and sheep and lambs would become extinct, along with other animals.

Our lovely green fields would be ploughed up and put to growing vegetables and corn.

A few people might try and keep these animals but they are expensive and cost a lot of money.

Do we really want to see our countryside void of all these lovely animals?

And I would like to add, with tongue in cheek, how do we know vegetables don’t feel pain? They struggle to grow and when they reach their best they are cut off, dug up and packed off to shops. We buy them, take them home, chop them all up and put them in a pan of boiling water.

I say those who like eating meat, eat it, those who don’t, don’t eat it.

Just let us be thankful to those who toil in our fields and catering trade, who bring us such a lovely variety for us to eat.