I would like to reply to the opening sentence of Rachel Bradman's opinion piece (News Shopper, September 15).

Does she know how many farm animals are legally slaughtered every day using ritual methods practised by certain religious minorities?

Furthermore, those methods would be illegal if carried out on animals which are to be consumed by the vast majority of our population.

So-called ritual slaughter is utterly barbaric and has no place in a modern civilised society. But can you see this minority activity being outlawed at any time in the future?

When I hear passionate pleas on behalf of, and see action taken to enforce the humane slaughter of, all animals, whose lives are entirely devoted to feeding us, I will listen with more sympathy to the anti-hunting people.

Meanwhile I think they need to prioritise their animal welfare concerns.

Mr Altie Bacon
Knoll Road