Sir – I write in response to Jon Burgess’ letter (June 26) and his rose-tinted image of farming and slaughter methods in this country. Mr Burgess urged Ms Engel to hand over evidence of animal welfare and hygiene legislation breaches to the authorities. I would suggest Mr Burgess logs onto the Animal Aid Website and views some of the undercover footage taken at various slaughter houses.

This is just a snapshot of animal cruelty within the meat industry; for which an apology is necessary but not to the British livestock farmers. Maybe in light of the evidence, Mr Burgess might like to apologise to Ms Engel.

Jo Goodyear