A young farmer has appeared on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire show to speak about how farmers are increasingly being targeted by militant vegan activists.
Alison Waugh, a trainee from Northumberland, spoke about protesters vandalising farms using graffiti and making their lives difficult.
She also pointed out the irony of those who claim to love animals and peace to make death threats.
"You do get death threats... and that’s quite ironic coming from people that want peace for animals".— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE)
Trainee farmer Alison Waugh says her industry is being attacked by "militant" vegan activists pic.twitter.com/Ipr5buCLyn
She said: "When you get called murderers and rapists, that’s really overstepping the mark.
"It’s crushing when you take as much pride in your animals as we do.
"You do get death threats, which is quite ironic coming from people that want peace for animals but then they tell you, ’I hope your family go and die in a hole for what you do’.
"You get people storming the mart, or spraying grafitti, like’s been happening, that’s when individuals feel threatened."
Last month, Alison penned a passionate open letter to animal rights activists, which was very well recieved by the wider agriculture industry.
She told Farmers Guardian: "I just want to highlight the need for education surrounding agriculture, and to ensure that knowledge is acquired from reliable sources and not based on rumour.
"The amount of people who watched the show today who think I’m a dairy farmer is unbelievable! A dairy farmer in the mountains of Northumberland - honestly!"
There are now more than 542,000 vegans in the UK, according to the Vegan Society.
Speaking in the clip, animal liberation activist known as Joe ’Carbstrong’, who is part of the Save Movement, said: ’If abolitionists didn’t didn’t speak up for what happened back then with the slaves, it would never have been abolished.’