A family of dairy farmers in the UK have come under attack from a group of vegans and have received numerous death threats as a result.
The attack came after the family posted a video of one of their cows giving birth to triplets on social media, as reported by metro.co.uk.
One of the farmers who helps run Fen Farm Dairy, in North Suffolk, said some of the comments were particularly horrible.
‘We have had some really horrible comments. It kicked off from a post we put on Facebook and Twitter when we had calf triplets born.” he said.
“‘We put a message out and some vegans found it and posted it onto these activist groups in America – and within a few hours last Thursday it escalated.’
The farmer then contacted police about the situation, after his two sons were targeted by the vegan groups. A police officer visited the farm and tohe family subsequently removed the post and the farmer, Jonny Crickmore, told followers of the abuse he received for posting the video of the calves birth.
A barrage of abuse:
The post led to a barrage of support from the farming community for the Fen Farm Dairy, though the abuse didn’t stop.
‘They sent loads of questions across to us but we didn’t reply to any of them. It just got worse and worse.’, said Mr. Crickmore.
The farm later posted again on social media, this time to say: ‘We never, ever slaughter calves. All of our calves, both male and female, including the beautiful triplets in my last post, stay with us on our own farm into adulthood and live free-ranging low-pressure lives. ‘The females join our free-ranging milking herd. The males join our free ranging beef herd. Our adult beef animals are sent to our closest slaughterhouse, to minimise travelling time and to help reduce food miles. “
The media frenzy enabled the farm to increase the amount of five star review they received on Facebook, with many supporting the farm.
‘Our milking cows are well cared for and are allowed to produce a comfortable amount of milk. We don’t push them to over-produce. This means they are happier, healthier, live longer and their bodies are comfortable.’ their post continued.
The farmer said they had no choice but to block hundreds of people, due to the high number of messages and vegans contacting them.
‘I’m quite thick-skinned but my wife didn’t like it at all. We have been careful to lock all our doors, etc. We have never had nasty things like this said about us before. ‘A few of our customers even got abuse back as well,’ said the farmer.
‘We chose to delete the post. We wrote a new post explaining to everyone who had seen this what we do at our farm and off the back of that this post got shared over 400 times.’ he concluded.