Firefighters Face Criticism After Eating Sausages Made from Pigs They Saved from Fire

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Some people are outraged after firefighters in Britain eat the pigs they saved from a fire.

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Two sows and 18 piglets were saved six months ago by Pewsey firefighters battling a fire on the property of farmer Rachel Rivers, the BBC reported.

The piglets were just two weeks old when firefighters rescued them.

As a gratitude of thanks, Rivers promised she would present the firefighters with organic sausages when the animals were slaughtered for their meat. Six months later she did just that and the firefighters cooked the sausages on a barbecue.

The criticism started when the Pewsey Fire Station went to Facebook and posted a review of the sausages saying:

"Exactly six months and one day since firefighters rescued 18 piglets from a fire, we got to sample the fruits of our labours from that February night. Huge thank you to Rachel Rivers for dropping them off for us to sample. Highly recommended by Pewsey fire station crew and if any one of our followers is having a bank holiday BBQ this weekend then check out these sausages, they are fantastic."

Complaints rushed in from PETA, vegetarians, vegans, and others who were not happy with the Facebook post and found the relation between saving the pigs and then eating them to be distasteful.

In response to the outrage, the Pewsey Fire Station removed the post of the sausages from its Facebook page and issued an apology post.

The comments section of the above Facebook post blew up with some users still attacking the firefighters to other users sticking up for the firefighters and saying they never should have apologized.

In response to the heated criticism, Rivers, the property owner who gave the firefighters the sausages, said:

"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. 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.'"

Rivers also went on to say, "We farm and this is what we do. You can't keep them as pets."

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Firefighters Face Criticism After Eating Sausages Made from Pigs They Saved from Fire