SIR – C D Greenhall (Letters July 2) suggests we should stop all livestock rearing because a tiny minority of farmers might fail to meet our exacting farm animal welfare regulations.

If this train of thought continues, the next logical step has to be banning family pets because one or two owners happen to mistreat their dogs and cats. This has already been suggested by some in the animal rights movement.

It is beyond doubt the United Kingdom has the best farm animal welfare in the world. It is monitored by government, vets and independent organisations such as the RSPCA. Our livestock and dairy farmers do a fantastic job so the vast majority of people in this country can enjoy eating healthy well-reared meat.

The only problem is a tiny number of vegans determined to force feed the rest of us with their own very personal lifestyle choice.

Jon Burgess