Apparently, firefighters can’t even enjoy a simple gift without some sort of backlash. Back in February, a team of UK firefighters rescued 18 piglets and two sows in Wiltshire during a massive fire. Some sixty tonnes of hay were ablaze. In what’s been called a “controversial move,” farm manager Rachel Rivers gave the Pewsey fire team some sausages. The fire team shared their appreciation of the gift on social media.
Nothing out of the ordinary, right? But in the politically correct world, no good deed goes unpunished—or at least, unprotested. A host of complaints came flying in, with some people declaring it’s (somehow) offensive to gift sausage made from slaughter-destined pigs as a “thank you” gesture. Even the notorious PETA weighed in, declaring the pigs were “no better off” being saved from the fire.
The firefighters were initially delighted by the surprise gift, noting the sausages were “highly recommended.” A spokesperson even commented, “We can tell no porkies; the sausages were fantastic.” On Facebook, a post about the sausages and their impromptu barbecue quickly garnered criticism, and the fire team inevitably removed the post. The fire team stated, “[W]e recognise that this has caused offence to some. We apologise for this and as such have removed the post.”
PETA Spokesperson Mimi Hekbechi commented, “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.”
When Hekbechi runs into a burning barn to save an animal, perhaps she can comment on how “easy” that is.
Ms. Rivers commented that her farm is her livelihood and her animals are reared for meat. “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,” she countered.
Rivers added, “You do feel sad at the end of it…but to bring them down for [the firefighters] was a good way of saying ‘thank you.’”
The firefighters clearly appreciated Ms. Rivers’ kind gesture. It’s ridiculous they can’t even share their appreciation without sending the snowflake generation into a tizzy.