‘There are real-life consequences for the words that we use on people’

March 1, 2020

BE COMPASSIONATE: “It’s instilling this philosophy of being kind. I’ve never seen farmers so upset. They feel victims haven’t got a voice. They want it to stop. “These are all humans, we’ve got be kind, we’ve got to look out for each other and we’ve got to be careful of the real life consequences of the words that we use. – NFU president Minette Batters.

MITIGATING CARBON: “We all struggle with what the right thing to do and we all make mistakes. The industry does consumer a lot of power and a lot of resources so the way for me to mitigate that for me is to maintain a vegan lifestyle.” Hollywood actor and Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix, who is demanding everyone adopt a vegan diet to save the planet. Picture by Harald Kichel.

 

 

THE UK’s top farming official has condemned foreign “woke celebrities” for pushing attacks on the livestock sector without knowing the consequences for the local environment.

Joaquin Phoenix, and a number of other notable names in the film industry, unfurled a 390-foot square banner at London Bridge supporting the Animal Equality protest. It read: “Factory farming destroys our planet. Go vegan.”

Debate is becoming polarized

NFU president Minette Batters, a livestock farmer herself from Wiltshire, says campaigns like this one and stunts involving causing disruption on working farms had caused her members a considerable amount of distress. The debate was becoming “polarized” and it was causing “mental health issues” for some of her members.

Phoenix joined animal rights activists for the protest at the iconic London landmark just before the Bafta Awards and said to go vegan was part of the wider campaign to save the planet.

The Irish Independent had him quoted giving a response when he was challenged by someone at the event that it was a bit hypocritical to lecture everyone else when he was jetting around the world as an actor between film sets.

‘My way of helping world is to adopt vegan diet’

He said: “We are all hypocrites in some ways. We all struggle with what the right thing to do and we all make mistakes. The industry does consumer a lot of power and a lot of resources so the way for me to mitigate that for me is to maintain a vegan lifestyle.”

Speaking to the Western Morning News, Ms Batters said the vegan lobby is entitled to its views but consumers must allowed to have choice in what they eat.

The banner referred to factory farming but despite the fact much of the livestock reared in the UK, particularly in the West Country was pasture grazed, the animal rights group failed to make that distinction with those industrial units where animals that are kept indoors all year around.’

‘Feeling worthless due to assault on meat industry’

“Beef and dairy farmers are feeling a sense of worthlessness on the back of a sustained assault on meat as part of the diet.

“Joaquin Phoenix, he’s had a really challenging life and you really feel for him and a lot of things that he is saying, but he’s got to remember that are people are the end of this, there are small family farms, and they get hurt too.

‘Farmers are human beings too and deserve a voice’

“It’s about instilling this philosophy of being kind. I’ve never seen farmers so upset. They feel victims and like they haven’t got a voice. They want it to stop.”

These are all humans, we’ve got be kind, we’ve got to look out for each other and we’ve got to be careful of the real life consequences of the words that we use.

‘We must be grateful for sustainable livestock sector’

“Diet is all about choice, but we’ve also got to look at balance and the opportunities to have more fruit and veg in our diet, but let’s be really grateful that we have high quality sustainable livestock and dairy farming in this country.”

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Rebecca March 2, 2020 at 7:33 am

Absolutely right Matt.

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