Farmers are being terrorized by rogue vegans who are sending death threats, calling them “murderers and rapists” and telling them to “go die in a hole,” they say. Animal rights groups have denied using extreme tactics.
Trainee farmer in Northumberland Alison Waugh says farmers across the UK are being threatened. “You’ve got people storming the meat mart, spraying graffiti… that’s when individuals feel threatened and that’s when it’s not OK,” she told the BBC. “When you’re being called murderers and rapists, that’s overstepping the mark.
“[It] is quite ironic from people that want peace for animals, but then they tell you, ‘I hope you and your family go die in a hole for what you do.’”
“cannot sleep at night” because activist groups have turned up at their farms or at slaughterhouses in the night.
Confrontation between animal farmers and activists groups appears to be on the rise. In 2017 the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers met with the National Counter Terrorism Police Operations Centre to discuss how to respond to the ‘Save Movement’ – an animal rights group that says it has a non-violent approach to campaigning.