I read Patricia Tallmanâ€™s comments [Meat not necessary for survival, June 17 Letters, Langley Advance] with interest. (Pardon the delay in responding, but Iâ€™m â€œacross the pond,â€ so I have only just become aware of it.)
As even a small amount of research will prove, the real cost of meat is kept artificially low by government subsidies worldwide.
All the while, the production of animal feed decimates the environment and drains fresh water in otherwise arid regions.
Factory farms also pollute the water with huge amounts of slurry, the nitrates killing aquatic wildlife for miles around.
The consumption of meat is almost always a selfish act, before we even consider the appalling cruelty.
As for hunting, it has no place in any modern civilized society.
â€œIf you want to hunt, build a time machine and go back to the stone age.â€ â€“ Karen Lyons Kalmenson
Just â€œGo Veganâ€ and â€œCatch Up.â€
Christopher Evans, Lammas Cottage, Lower Woodhouse, Herefordshire, UK