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Adopt a new diet if you care about animals

Your readers will be sickened to learn that some beef burgers sold by leading supermarkets contain almost 30% horse meat.

They may be more shocked that in 2011, 8,118 horses were slaughtered in the UK. The majority would have been ordinary riding ponies, 1,127 were thoroughbreds, discarded by the racing industry.

If that is a sombre thought, then reflect for a moment on the animals who make up the remaining 70% of that burger.

Each year, in the UK alone, approximately 1,000 million animals (not including fish) are farmed and killed for food - around three million are cows.

All animals feel fear and pain. If you care about those horses, then please spare a thought for all the other animals, and adopt an animal-free diet.

FIONA PEREIRA

Animal Aid

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