Letter: Animals would die anyway

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PETER COX wants readers to start asking the meat eaters how they justify killing animals ('The carrot and stick crusader', 11 September). The paradox is that if we don't kill them to eat, farmers will have to kill them because we don't eat them. Bullocks don't produce milk. Our ancestors domesticated sheep and cattle because of their ability to digest grass. I would rather eat my share of sheep and cattle than lose the beauty of our grasslands and the animals grazing them.

Michael Gordon

Pulborough, West Sussex