SIR – Every year sheep, cattle, chickens and pigs meet a cruel and early death to satisfy the demand for meat in the United Kingdom.

What a shame then that the Pear Tree in Smite (July 18) wants to add exotic animals to this list.

It is unpleasant to think of how creatures such as crocodiles and ostriches would be killed.

As most people are worried about climate change and animal farming already produces no less than 18 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, it would be better if chef Chris von Landkammer tickled customers tastebuds with tasty vegan dishes instead.