Methinks British firefighters and PETA are about to go to war.
After firefighters saved 18 baby pigs and two grown sows from a blazing fire at a farm in Milton Lilbourne, Wiltshire, in February, last week those same firefighters sat down and consumed a meal that was a thank-you from the farmer: sausages made from the pigs they rescued six months before.
The firefighters had saved the 18 baby pigs and two grown sows as the fire consumed 60 tons of hay.
Rachel Rivers, the farmer, held a barbecue last week to celebrate the rescue; she said, “I wanted to thank (the firefighters). I promised them at the time I’d bring down some sausages for them, which they were all pleased about.” Rivers told the BBC, “I gave those animals the best quality of life I could ever give until the time they go to slaughter and they go into the food chain. You do feel sad at the end of it.”
Meanwhile, the firefighters praised the “fantastic” sausages and posted pictures on social media, adding they finally got to “sample the fruits of [their] labour." They stated on Facebook, “Exactly six months and one day since FF’s Olsen and Richardson rescued 18 piglets from a farm in Milton we got to sample the fruits of our labour from that February night. Huge thank you to Rachel Rivers for dropping them off for us to sample. Highly recommended by Pewsey fire station’s crew. If any one of our followers is having a bank holiday bbq this weekend then check out these sausages, they are fantastic.”
The fire station later removed the pictures of the barbecue from its Facebook page, writing, "In regard to a recent post on this page, we recognise that this has caused offence to some. We apologise for this and as such have removed the post."
A spokesman for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service told the BBC: “Our thanks to the farmer for her generosity. We can tell no porkies, the sausages were fantastic.”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said the piglets were "no better off" for escaping the fire. Spokesman Mimi Bekhechi stated, "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."
One woman responded on social media; “Could she not just say thanks! What’s wrong with a box of Roses?”