Sir David Attenborough has stopped eating meat because he “doesn’t care for it”, although the veteran broadcaster claims he still eats fish.
In an interview with the Radio Times, he said: “I’ve given up meat, not for ideological reasons, I just don’t care for it too much. I do eat fish. Poor fish.”
In June. Attenborough told Louis Theroux that he had become “increasingly vegetarian” and claimed, “I just don’t like the taste of it very much”.
Attenborough has previously claimed he finds farming practices “depressing” but insisted he’s not an animal lover.
“Animal lover means sentiment; a cloying, anthropomorphising sentiment. I don’t love earthworms 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.”
But does Attenborough hope Blue Planet II will persuade people to stop eating fish? 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.”