We in the UK have long been known as the nation of animal lovers.

Although this is a generally fair assessment where domestic animals are concerned, it is certainly not true of farm animals.

I suspect most of your readers are unaware of the scale of abuse and cruelty in commercial animal agriculture.

In the UK alone, around two-and-a-half million animals are slaughtered each working day.

The majority of these creatures spend their brief lives in the wretched conditions of factory farms slaughtered at a fraction of their natural life span and never seeing fields or sunshine.

It is national vegetarian week from May 24 to May 30. Anyone considering a vegetarian lifestyle should write to The Vegetarian Society, Parkdale, Dunham Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4QG, or call 0161 925 2000 or email info@vegsoc.org

Mr C Pope