Firefighters save piglets from farm fire and then eat them.

Animal Rights

I’m sure you’ve read the story by now but incase you haven’t we’ll give you a run down.

Rachel Rivers farm went up in flames and had her animals saved and later sent them to the firefighters as sausages. To which the firefighters barbecued them up and devoured them.

In 2017 Rachel’s barn near Pewsey caught light causing fire fighting services to rush to the scene. The blaze was put out and the 18 piglets (just 2 weeks old) and the 2 sows were rescued in the early hours of the morning.

Rachel promised that she would present the firefighters with the sausages once the piglets had fattened up enough for slaughter. Rachel did this knowing full well of the repercussions saying

“This was just a token gesture to the fire service. They were over the moon with them. This is just what we do –

we are not an animal sanctuary. We give the pigs the best opportunity and the best life they could have for six months.They won’t be kept inside; they are outdoors and fed with organic food which is grown on the farm.”

Social media went into a frenzy of sorts with people expressing their distaste for the situation. Farrell Monaco wrote: “What a dreadful story. Lovely that they saved the pigs but why publish their demise? Grim.” Pearl-Lucia Sayer wrote: “Could she not just say thanks! What’s wrong with a box of Roses?”


Mimi Bekhechi, Peta’s director of international programmes, said: “These poor piglets were no better off for escaping the fire, only to be put back into it six months later after being subjected to the horrifying experience of the abattoir.

“We’ll be sending Dorset and Wiltshire fire and rescue service packs of Linda McCartney vegan sausages so they can see how easy it is to truly be heroes for pigs – by sparing them all suffering.”

We want to know what you think!

Obviously we are sickened by the story and it shows a true disconnection between animals and food. I’m sure if the farmers were asked to wait for the pigs to die in the fire and take their pork home it would have been a different story.

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