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VEGAN ROW: Furious ‘vegan mafia’ accuse farm shop of MURDER over Christmas turkey offer

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VEGAN ROW: Furious ‘vegan mafia’ accuse farm shop of MURDER over Christmas turkey offer

A FARM SHOP has been accused of murder by angry vegans after customers were offered the chance to name and look after their Christmas turkey for two months before the animal is slaughtered.

Matt Carter of Greendale Farm Shop in Exeter posted the controversial offer on Facebook, telling shoppers they could chose their turkey, feed it and even give the bird a name before the farm takes care of the “difficult bits at the end”.




But the post went viral and has led to staff at the farm shop receiving death threats from furious vegan activists.

An anonymous caller who said he was from the “vegan mafia” made death threats to a butcher this morning.

The caller said that staff “should be the ones being killed” instead of the “innocent animals”, warning protestors “aren’t going away” until the farm shop stops the “murder, marketing and profiteering of innocent animals”.

And workers arrived on Tuesday to find graffiti sprayed on the farm saying “Murder! Go vegan” and dead pheasants sprayed.

It comes after the farm shop posted the Christmas offer on Facebook, causing offence.

The post said: “Come and pick your own Christmas Turkey at the farm shop.

“We will put a name tag on it and you come and feed it and help look after it for the next 2 months.

Greendale Farm Shop

Greendale Farm Shop’s general manager Claire Hibbert (Image: SWNS)

Graffiti

Graffiti was sprayed on the farm saying “Murder! Go vegan” (Image: SWNS)

Dead pheasants




Dead pheasants outside the shop were sprayed with graffiti (Image: SWNS)

“You won’t need to get involved in any of the difficult bits at the end and we will even bone and stuff it for you when you come and pick it up, in time for Christmas.”

One person replied: “This post is vile. These turkeys are better than ANY human. Choose compassion over killing!!”

Another added: “The ultimate betrayal. Looking after them, gaining their trust and then paying somebody else to slash their throats open for us because we don’t want to do the dirty work ourselves?

“How about we just leave them alone and eat something else?”

Speaking on Monday, Mr Carter said that he would not be put off by the strong reaction.

He said: “I think the one thing I want to get across is that I don’t think there is anything wrong with our proposition.

“I’m not going to remove the post or stop being a farmer because we’ve had a bit of opposition from vegan groups.

“Our proposition is we farm, we get the meat, we grow it, and then we sell it in our shop.

Greendale Farm Shop

The farm caused offence with the post on social media (Image: SWNS)

Turkeys

The farm is offering customers the chance to name their turkey before it is slaughtered (Image: SWNS)

“The butcher got a phone call from someone who said ‘how would you like it if I cut you up and put you on the counter’.

“That’s verging on a death threat.

“The calls to the staff and the butcher are where I draw the line.”

The Vegan Society said it “does not support any threats of violence or abusive behaviour or language towards anyone”.

It encouraged “vegan activists” to share their message “peacefully and positively”.

It said: “It’s important to note that veganism is based on kindness and compassion, with the vast majority of vegans campaigning this way.

“There are extremists in every movement but they are not representative of the movement as a whole.”





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