Pascal Mainsant, speaking out against the ongoing calls for reduced meat consumption, told the audience in Paris that the panda was a bear and equipped with claws and teeth for eating meat. However, at some point in its evolution, it turned away from a carnivorous diet and now had to spend 14 hours a day eating bamboo.
He said: “As a result of not eating meat, the panda now has poor sexual and maternal instincts, and has experienced a 90% reduction in its sex drive. Extinction is just round the corner. It’s very dangerous – that’s why we should avoid vegetarianism.”