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Rural police team withdraws from Twitter after vegan brands them ‘thoughtless’

Vegan demands for police to stop posting pictures of meaty meals on Twitter have forced a rural crime team to stop all interaction on social media.


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Rural police team withdraws from Twitter after vegan brands them ‘thoughtless’

North Wales police rural crime team said their decision to stop responding to comments and questions was fuelled by tweets such as those branding their breakfast photos ‘offensive’ to vegans and vegetarians.

 

 

To explain their decision, the police posted a tweet from ‘Diana’, which showed why they were withdrawing from Twitter.

 

It read: “Speaking as a taxpayer I’d prefer them to be less selective when answering questions and perhaps not post breakfast pics that offend vegetarian/vegan followers – pretty thoughtless considering the job title they have.”

 

 

It is not the first time the police team, which is well-known for showing the public the devastating consequences of sheep worrying and other rural crimes, has been criticised for eating sausages and bacon.

 

 

A look at the police team’s Twitter feed revealed a number of other pro-vegan replies to the officers’ posts.

 

One tweet about CCTV being made compulsory in abattoirs prompted this response from Paul Turner.

 

 

Other tweets about a cow being shot in the face with a crossbow and a horse being killed in a field were also met with pro-vegan comments.

 

 

 

But although some vegans were quick to criticise the police, others jumped to their defence after they announced their break from Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

Last year, a vegetarian backlash forced firefighters in Wiltshire to apologise for eating pigs they saved from a farm blaze.

 

UPDATE: A spokesman for the North Wales rural crime police team got in touch to clarify the position. He said: “We have not withdrawn because of vegans.

 

“We get so many interactions, we cannot answer all 1.9 million a month.

 

“This was just an example of what we deal with. We will still post regular updates, we are just not able to answer every question.”


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