SIR - Christmas is promoted as the time of ‘peace and goodwill to all', but we often neglect to extend this sentiment to all animals.

It is estimated that around 10,000,000 turkeys are killed in Britain for Christmas dinners every year. Animal Aid investigations have revealed horrific suffering on British turkey farms, including those considered ‘free-range' or ‘high welfare'. Our investigators witnessed shocking cruelty: turkeys with untreated wounds, sick birds left to suffer, and turkeys forced to live amongst birds who were dead or dying - their lifeless bodies strewn across barn floors.

The good news is that you can enjoy a plant-based festive feast instead. Vegan options are now widely available in supermarkets and shops, including from most independent retailers. So, you can still enjoy all your favourite Christmas foods, without the animal cruelty.

Animal Aid is here to help; you can get a free copy of our Have a Very Vegan Christmas booklet, which contains all the information you need to have a cruelty-free celebration, including recipes, shopping tips and gift ideas, go to

This festive season, spare a thought for all the animals and have a compassionate Christmas.

Tod Bradbury, Campaign Manager, Animal Aid