SIR – Half a million male calves are born every year in the UK. The dairy industry doesn’t value them, as they’re the wrong gender for milk production. In 2008, 115,000 were killed shortly after birth.

One way of giving male dairy calves a better life is to rear them for British veal. Most of our consumed veal is imported from intensive systems that do not meet British animal welfare standards.

This is why I urge all your readers to choose British if they eat veal. For more information, contact Compassion In World Farming at or (01483) 521950.

John D Cosway, Hill Foot, Nab Wood