IN THE light of the recent revelations of the horsemeat scandal, it seems appropriate that March is Animal Aid’s annual Veggie Month.

In the last few weeks a great deal of attention has been given to the labelling of meat products and their possible contamination with potentially health-threatening horse drugs.

However, little has been said about the welfare of the animals who died to produce this meat.

Throughout Europe, cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and horses are routinely transported hundreds of miles across borders crammed into suffocating trucks with no access to food or water, only to be killed at the end of their long journey.

The flesh is stripped from their bones, much of it processed into huge frozen cubes, and then repeatedly traded across the continent before being mixed into cheap burgers and mince. This is the reality of the modern meat industry.

Anyone who wishes to stop supporting this appalling trade by choosing to adopt a meat-free diet can request a free ‘Go Veggie’ pack from Animal Aid by sending an email to or by calling 01732 364546.

Animal Aid
The Old Chapel
Bradford Street