Wednesday, 01 December 2010 00:00 John Eoin Douglas Letters

I was most upset to hear about the Red River Hog piglets at Edinburgh Zoo which were culled as they were "surplus to requirements".

As they were "euthanised" they could not, of course, 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.

If more of these pigs are going to be to be culled, I hope that I will soon be able to enjoy tasty home reared pork in the Zoo's own restaurant.

John Eoin Douglas
Edinburgh, UK

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