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British veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has revealed that he stopped eating meat – because he ‘doesn’t care for it’.
The 91-year-old naturalist told the Radio Times: “I’ve given up meat, not for ideological reasons, I just don’t care for it too much. I do eat fish. Poor fish.”
Attenborough was asked whether his decision was for health or ethical reasons, to which he replied: “A bit of both. I just don’t like the taste of it very much.”
But he added that he finds farming practices which turn animals into machines ‘depressing’.
Blue Planet II
The British personality’s comments were made ahead of the launch of ‘Blue Planet II’, a movie portraying the world’s dying oceans.
When asked whether he hopes people will give up eating fish after watching it, he said: “Let’s get it clear, this wasn’t done as an axe-grinding series, a political series.
“It was done because our responsibility in the Natural History Unit is to illuminate the natural history of the world, including marine.
“It will just raise people’s awareness of the sea, the complexity and the responsibility. The only cheerful note is that you know how resilient these things are.
“Given half a chance, the ocean’s capacity for regeneration is quite extraordinary. We should take advantage of that.”
Known for making documentaries for which he spent decades observing animals in the wild, Attenborough admitted that he is not an animal lover.
He said at the time: “Animal lover means sentiment; a cloying, anthropomorphising sentiment. I don’t love earth worms or spiders.
“They’re rivetingly interesting and they give me huge intellectual pleasure. And aesthetic pleasure, I suppose. But that’s a different thing altogether.”