Wednesday, October 20, 2010

20th of October 2010 - Don't Waste Food

7 Spey Terrace
Telephone: 0131-550 0895

20th of October 2010

Dear Sir/Madam,


I was most upset to read in the Edinburgh Evening News today about the Red River Hog piglets at Edinburgh Zoo which were culled as they were "surplus to requirements". The Zoo's spokesperson described them as having been "euthanised" which of course means that they could not legally enter the human food chain.

It would have been much better if they had been sent for humane slaughter and then fed to staff and visitors - and especially good for the education of the Zoo's younger visitors who so rarely get to make a tangible connection between animal and bacon sandwich in these days of pre-packaged supermarket fayre.

Your report stated that more pigs were likely to be culled by the Zoo so I hope that I will soon be able to enjoy home reared pork in the Zoo's own Mansion House restaurant (when it re-opens).

John Eoin Douglas

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