If you care about animals, don't eat them
I am sure many readers will have been understandably shocked by revelations about horse meat being found in beef burgers at several national supermarket chains.
However, it does throw up some other questions including why the thought of eating horses repulses us but as a nation we think nothing of eating cows?
What really is the difference between a horse and a cow? Or a pig, sheep or chicken for that matter?
All are sentient animals that value their lives.
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Lives that are routinely cut short after no more money can be made from them.
Horses often after their owners tire of them, or they become too old to perform.
With farmed animals it is as soon as they have reached their slaughter weight at just weeks or months old.
In the case of dairy cows, they are sent to the abattoir once their milk yield drops.
This is often at just four or five years old, despite having a natural life span of 25 years.
Much of the meat in beef burgers for sale in British supermarkets will come from exhausted dairy cows.
This is not to say that horses do not suffer, as they do.
Viva! has campaigned for years against the trade in live horses, forced to endure gruelling journeys from Poland to the slaughterhouses of Italy.
However, if the thought of eating horse troubles you, please spare a thought for the 958 million other animals killed for the British dinner table last year.
If you care about animals – all animals – then the best way to show that is to simply stop eating them.
JUSTIN KERSWELL Viva! campaigns manager Viva! Wilder Street Bristol