Farm shop vandalised for inviting customers to ‘name turkeys’
Meat retailers are being urged to ensure their sites are secure after a farm shop was vandalised and received threats for offering a “pick your own Christmas turkey” service.
The BBC reported that Greendale Farm Shop, based in Woodbury Salterton, Devon, received abuse for providing a service where people can name their own turkey and “help look after it for the next two months”.
Farmer Mat Carter, 35, told the BBC he wanted to “offer people the chance to see where their food came from”.
The phrases “Murder” and “Go vegan” were spray-painted on the door at the farm shop, and the business said it had also received “very strange” phone calls.
One person reportedly called and asked the butcher: “How would you like it if I cut you up and put you on the counter?”
Another caller is said to have shouted obscenities, before saying: “You should be the ones being killed because your life is worth less than that of the innocent animals which you are murdering”.
The Vegan Society has stated it “does not support” any threats or abuse.
Carter said staff arrived at work on Tuesday (6th November) to find spray paint across the shop and on pheasants for sale outside.
Despite the backlash, he told the BBC that staff would not give in to any pressure.
He said that turkey sales “have gone through the roof” and the shop is “busier than it has ever been”.
The vandalism has been reported to police.