Farmer under fire for 'meet your turkey' service says he 'didn't expect' to cause 'so much offence'


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A farmer who received death threats for offering a service allowing consumers to meet, name and raise their Christmas turkey before slaughter, has said he "didn't expect to cause so much offence".

Matt Carter, a fifth-generation farmer at Greendale Farm Shop, was bombarded with phone calls and had his shop covered in graffiti by a group of vegan protesters, after he announced the offer on the farm shop's Facebook page.

The post read: "We will put a name tag on it [the turkey] and you come and feed it and help look after it for the next two months. You won’t need to get involved in any of the difficult bits at the end and we will even bone and stuff it for you when you come and pick it up, in time for Christmas."



Speaking to talkRADIO's Cristo Foufas, Mr Carter, 35, said he was "disappointed" that the post had caused offence to "such a big group of people".

"We're a little farm shop in Devon, but we have adapted our menu to be inclusive of vegans and we've changed the farm a little bit so that we start to grow more fruit and veg and that so we can cater for everybody and try and be inclusive and that's why I was so disappointed when we received such abuse for doing what I thought was the correct thing.

"I don't think this is everybody out there, this is more bordering on animal rights than vegan, and they seem to be using the vegan to portray it."

Mr Carter added that one protester had called up the shop and said the butchers at the farm should be "killed instead of the turkeys".


'I wholeheartedly agree with our proposition'

Despite the backlash to his service, Mr Carter says he will still offer it to interested consumers.

"I wholeheartedly agree with our proposition and I'm not going to start changing it because some vegans don't think we should eat meat, and certain other people don't like to associate their meat with where the animals come from. I personally think that's wrong.

"We see it, in particular in the summer, children coming here and not understanding where their sausages come from not understanding their beef burger is from a cow and that's worng in my opinon.

"Whether the child then chooses to go on and become a vegan or not, they should still be informed and make that decision when they're old enough to be able to make it."