A team of rural police officers have been criticised for posting a picture of their cooked breakfast on Twitter because it might upset vegans. Members of the North Wales Rural Crime Team wanted to support local farmers after the NFU of Wales hosted a ‘farmhouse breakfast’ campaign.
So they posted some delicious looking sausages, bacon and eggs on their Twitter page. The team has previously been praised for its pioneering use of social media to highlight rural campaign. However, a woman who wasn’t happy with the picture hit out. Diana wrote: ‘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.’
Farmer Jono Dixon replied: ‘It’s pathetic.. The vegans are ruling the roost. They are nothing more than a menace. We as carnivores or vegetarians don’t dictate about there preferred diet so its time they stopped trolling and whingeing about everyones daily diets’ Rural Crime Team leader Rob Taylor said they had decided not to respond to questions on Twitter but said it wasn’t due to criticism from vegans over ‘offensive’ breakfast photos of bacon, sausages and eggs.
‘We regularly get 1m impressions each month and in August alone we had 1.9m impressions,’ he said. ‘We just can’t answer (all inquiries) any more as it’s a huge commitment. ‘Over Christmas we had too much general interaction with people from various walks of life bombarding our feed with questions and we couldn’t cope.’ The team will continue posting updates on its Twitter feed, which has almost 15,000 followers, most of whom are supportive. Since Christmas Day, no more bacon and egg photos have appeared other than a shared link to the FUW’s 2018 farmhouse breakfast campaign. The team tweeted: ‘We have considered all options and from immediate effect we will cease responding to comments and questions until further notice.’