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Broadcaster Steve Allen looks at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 August 2017

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You’d have to hope a faceless fish was born.

I’m a hypocritical meat eater. I eat meat but only because we live in a world where I can buy it prepared for me.

If I could only eat things that I had killed with my own hands I’d probably go veggie. At the very least I wouldn’t have tried that shark steak I had once.

I like the idea of going vegetarian but I lack the commitment. I know it’s good for the environment but they said the same about diesel cars and that’s something I lived to regret.

This week we heard about research that found vegetarians are almost twice as likely to be suffering from depression as those who love meat.

That surprised me. Most of the meat shunners I know seem very happy about it. Not when you mention the plight of the chicken or how many cows went into making our new £10 note, but in general.

It comes down to the levels of vitamin B12. Some vegetarians have lower levels and it is linked to mood. Famous vegetarians include Morrissey so in retrospect it seems obvious.

You don’t need lots of B12 so I think I have found a good compromise.

I have a friend who said her rule is to “never eat anything with a face.”

I liked the sound of that until I realised she meant before it was killed. I am all in favour of not eating things with a face at the point of consumption.

My father would eat fish that still had the head on and I felt like it was giving him evils.

Only eating things that didn’t have a face doesn’t rule out meat completely, you simply have to hope for a fish to be born with some mutation that means it doesn’t have a face.

They’re hard to catch though as they can’t go for the maggot.

• Tune into Steve’s Friday show on Time 107.5 FM at 2.15pm for the weekly local paper review with the Recorder.

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