We are often described as a nation of “animal lovers” (yer, what?)
It would be more accurate to say we are a nation of pet lovers, (mainly dogs, cats and budgies), because we kill millions of animals every year, (and I suspect we have not been told the truth about some aspects of factory farming).
We humans exploit animals for our own ends, so we should stop sentimentalising ourselves.
Television gets almost everywhere these days, but they don’t seem to get much access to our largely secret treatment of animals.
I am not a “veggie”, but I did stop eating beef, lamb and rabbit years ago.
And I am from an old-style farming background.