SIR - I wasn't asking Gary Kibblewhite (Worcester News, December 17) to join Animal Aid.

I first wanted him to view the website then he might see that the welfare standards of farm animals are nowhere near as high as he imagines.

He is right about the fact that TV will show fish being slaughtered and I would agree it's probably because they aren't cut and cuddly that few people care what happens to them.

The turkeys, chickens, pigs etc are also suffering but they are locked in windowless sheds where they can't be seen.

I would ask Gary before he tucks into his rare steak and offal to just see how these animals are treated.

I use the word slaughter because as you say it implies a lack of respect at death.

Food animals get little respect in life or at their death.