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Farmer slams animal rights group for 'stealing' video of his daughter and calves

A farmer has demanded a public apology after animal rights activists ’stole’ a video of his daughter tending to the family’s calves. 

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Farmer slams animal rights group for 'stealing' video of his daughter and calves

The video was originally posted in response to the Minister for Health in the Irish Government, Simon Harris’ call for ideas to help families relieve the dullness of social isolation within the home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

It featured Georgina Hynes, aged six, reading to a pen of dairy calves, on the Hynes’ family farm in Aherla, Cork.

 

Georgina’s father, Peter Hynes, told Farmers Guardian: “Georgina is missing that connection and interaction with other school children, and has a great bond with the calves, which is keeping her occupied during these testing times.”


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However, PETA UK extracted the video and captioned it: “How adorable! Cows are social animals, like us they recognise their friends and grieve when their family members die. Sadly, most cows on dairy farms are slaughtered when they’re 5 or 6. We hope that these babies will be spared the horrors of the abattoir.”

 

 

Mr Hynes was quick to point out PETA UK’s use of the video was an infringement under GDPR rules and lacked parental consent which is necessary under Irish law, and has called the organisation out for placing undue stress on farmers who are working hard to keep supply chains open as the world battles the virus pandemic.

 

In response, Mr Hynes posted a video on Twitter (March 30), which expressed his ‘disgust’ at the organisation’s ‘exploitation of his daughter’ to pedal animal activist agendas, and demanded a ‘full public apology to his daughter as well as the removal of the video’.

 

He said: “PETA constantly discuss about things being exploited and while every one of us is entitled to our own views, shame on you for exploiting my daughter to promote your own ways.”

 

PETA UK’s inappropriate use of the video has attracted a backlash of critism from farming and rural communities, with various media outlets sharing the story, both in Ireland and across the UK.

 

However PETA’s director of international programmes, Mimi Bekhechi, told Farmers Guardian: “PETA is in full compliance with Twitter’s terms of service, but it is ironic a dairy farmer is expressing concern about consent – something he certainly does not have from the cows whose bodies he exploits.

 

“The milk they produce is for their babies, whom they love just as much as he does his, and we suspect his little girl would choose to save the calves she is sitting with, instead of allowing them to be slaughtered, if given the choice.”

 

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