SIR – John Burgess’s comments on the welfare of farm animals only goes to show he has probably never worked on a farm or visited a livestock market or slaughterhouse.

As for this country having the highest welfare standards for farm animals I dread to think how other countries treat their animals. There may be regulations to protect farm animals but they are seldom enforced. Having worked on farms and had dealings with the organisations mentioned I found them sadly inadequate.

As for Pauline Burgess wanting to encourage veganism rather than improving animal welfare – being vegan is the only way to help all farm animals. It seems John Burgess is quite ignorant about veganism.

Geraldine Engel