Firefighters Receive Sausage After Saving Piglets
I love a good dose of irony.
This story, out of Wiltshire England, caught my attention this morning.
Firefighters received sausage as a thank you months after saving those very pigs from a barn fire.
It's socially acceptable to giggle a bit, because I did.
I know a lot of vegetarians and vegans are fuming and typing furiously right now because I said I giggled a bit. I just really love irony and well I wrote an article about vegan restaurants. It's all about balance.
The story goes, back in February a fire broke out at a farm Rachel Rivers managed in Wiltshire. The Pewsey fire team rescued 18 piglets and two sows from the barn. At the time the piglets were only 2 weeks old.
As a gesture of thanks Rivers sent the firefighters sausage made from the very pigs they saved.
According to BBC, the firefighters said that the sausages (bangers) were fantastic and highly recommended sausage from the farm.
Rivers had planned on thanking the firefighters with sausages and had told them this when they had saved the piglets.
The farm owner, Canon Gerald Osbourne told BBC, "An inevitable part of farming is the death of an animal which gives us the food to eat."
Rivers said that she gave the piglets the best quality of life and that this is a part of the food chain.
Of course, there was much backlash from the internet.
Mimi Bekhechi, a spokesperson from PETA said, "We'll be sending Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service packs of vegan sausages so that they can see how easy it is to truly be heroes for pigs - by sparing them all suffering."
(Insert eye roll here).
The Pewsey fire team had posted a photo of the sausages and thanked Rivers and the farm for the kind gesture. It was later removed an apology was issued after they received backlash from the post.
Although the post was removed the firefighters are still receiving backlash on their page.
One user wrote: "You people are a vile group of sadists with serious case of cognitive dissonance. Taking down the post doesn't change that. Plants are food, not animals you sick perverts."
(Again insert eye roll here.)
Another comment read: "You are vile, self serving savages, mocking mere babies you devoured."
The comments continued: "Your words mean nothing. They died and their blood is on your hands."
As I scrolled through the words vile, disgusting, disturbing, ashamed, and horrible kept coming up. The commenters placed quotes around the word heroes, discounting the work firefighters do.
All this over some sausages...