Firefighters Who Saved Piglets Get Rewarded With Their Sausages

Crews from Pewsey fire team said the bangers were'fantastic

The BBC reports 18 piglets and two sows were rescued from the farm in Wiltshire, England back in February, but then cooked, packaged and delivered to the fire station six months later.

Rivers, who farms near the village of Pewsey, came through as promised, despite criticisms from animal rights activists and vegetarians.

The firefighters described the sausages as "fantastic" and "highly recommended".

Farm owner Canon Gerald Osbourne added: "An inevitable part of farming is the death of an animal which gives us the food to eat". At the time, the fire service's manager Mark Hillier explained how "half of the barn was on fire" when his crew arrived, and that the terrified pigs were sheltering in a corner.

Rivers thanked the rescuers with the promise of sausages when the animals were slaughtered, but the celebratory BBQ was met with anger from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta). "We give the pigs the best opportunity and the best life they could have for six months".

Pewsey Fire Station chose to remove a post showing off the sausage meal from their Facebook page. "At the time I told them I would give them the sausages", Rivers told the Guardian.

The fire station later removed the post and apologized after receiving some irate responses from the community.

However, their stay of execution would not last long, with farmer Rachel Rivers turning them into sausages as a thank-you treat to the crews who tackled the fire.

"What if these firefighters had "saved" a human child or a dog?" said Mimi Bekhechi from Peta. Pigs feel fear and pain in just the same way as they do.

"Every day, more piglets are brought into the world to endure an agonising fate because of greed".

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