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J When and why did you become vegetarian?
I saw a documentary on television about the horrific treatment of farm animals when I was eleven, and it affected me enormously. I saw pigs and cows still thrashing about after they'd been supposedly stunned, it was so violent, so horrendous - I've never eaten meat since then.
T If animals were kept more humanely would you ever consider eating them?
Absolutely not. I could never, never eat meat - I think if I accidentally bit into something that contained meat, I would be very ill, I really would.
I don't believe that animals belong to humans. They are not here to be utilised and mutilated at our will.
T So you think they should be left alone.
In a little field, by a little tree, with a little bib on - yes!
J Do you think that all animals - including humans - are equal then?
The life of any animal is just as important to that animal as your life is to you, and mine to me.
I don't think that humans are more important than animals, I really don't. There are some animals, like wolves for instance, who actually have more commendable characteristics than humans. I get really outraged when I hear the term 'they're behaving like animals', because it generally refers to something that only humans do.
Animals are usually more civilised than human beings. Unfortunately, domesticated animals trust humans - a trust which is largely betrayed. Cows even trust the farmers who then leads them to the abattoir.
T How do you feel about wearing leather?
I stopped wearing leather jackets a number of years ago. I do wear leather shoes though because I can't really see that there is a sensible alternative.
J It is difficult as the shoe manufacturers tend only to make a decent range of synthetic shoes for women. Curtess are bringing out manmade shoes for men now though.
I didn't know about that.
T Would you go there now?
Yes I would. I think that the synthetic shoes I've seen in the past looked very silly and that does come into it unfortunately.
T Are looks more important than animals?
No, but unfortunately it still comes into it.
T Do you still take Royal jelly?
No, it's the property of others isn't it? The bees work hard for it and I don't, so now I'm on ginseng which keeps me as young as I look!!
T What do you think about people wearing fur?
It's disgusting. They're disgusting.
If I'm in a hotel or restaurant and I see someone wearing fur, I ask them to take it out of public view. They usually do. They are deeply offended, wounded and humiliated and I think they feel a bit ridiculous, but they still remove it.
J Why do you think when the vast majority of the population are against
things like killing animals for fur, foxhunting and vivisection, that they are allowed to