I can’t stop laughing at this story. PETA isn’t thrilled, but what did you think was going to eventually happen to those piglets anyways?
— The Times of London (@thetimes) August 23, 2017
From the BBC:
A litter of piglets whose bacon was saved from a barn fire has been served up as dinner to the firefighters who rescued them.
The 18 piglets and two sows survived the fire in Wiltshire in February, which saw 60 tonnes of hay catch fire.
In a controversial move, farm manager Rachel Rivers thanked the Pewsey fire team by giving them sausages.
She said: “I’m sure vegetarians will hate this.” The firefighters however said the bangers were “fantastic”.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said the piglets were “no better off” for escaping the fire.
The animals were given a six-month stay of execution when they were rescued from the farm at Milton Lilbourne. But, having been reared for meat, they were then slaughtered and delivered as sausages to the fire station team, which barbecued them.
Ms Rivers defended the gift, saying farming is her livelihood and way of life.
“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 said. “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 delighted firefighters said the sausages were “highly recommended” and thanked the farmer “for her generosity”.