sperm_5Like any red blooded rooster, Gunter the Feathered Forager takes pride in his virility.

He was therefore somewhat alarmed by recent research from Loma Linda University Medical School in southern California which has revealed that vegetarians have lower sperm counts.

According to the four year study, vegetarians had just 50 million sperm per ml compared with 70 million per ml for meat eaters.

They also had lower average sperm motility. Just 30% of sperm were active for vegetarians compared with nearly 60% for meat eaters.

Vitamin deficiencies may be to blame, say the researchers, but they also believe that replacing meat with soy could be a factor. Soy contains phyto-oestrogens, which have similar properties to the female hormone oestrogen.

In the interests of procreation, Gunter is now campaigning to get meat and bonemeal reintroduced into poultry rations everywhere.