A farming husband and wife duo has been subjected to “horrendous abuse online”.
Chris and Helen Wilson, the owners of Streamvale Open Farm in Co. Down, have been abused by vegans for delivering dairy products to vulnerable citizens during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Its new ‘Moo To You’ service see products, made by the farm’s dairy cows, delivered straight to people’s doors.
In a video on social media, Chris said: “I’ve been up since 4am this morning, looking after our animals, looking after our sheep, trying to make sure everything is going ok, and then I was out early delivering dairy products to vulnerable people.
“I’ve been on the road since 4:30am and will probably be working right through till 10 tonight.
“I’m not saying that because I think I’m doing anything special; there are plenty of nurses and doctors who are doing far more than me.”
Chris said that his pregnant wife, Helen, who manages the farm’s social media platforms, is feeling anxious and devastated as a result of the online abuse.
“People are saying how cruel we are and how dare we be delivering dairy products, how marking sheep with paint so we know if it’s a twin or a single [lamb] is cruel and that we are going to slaughter these lambs at Easter.”
“I have no issue if you are a vegan at all and plenty of people have different dietary requirements for different reasons. That’s your choice, but we are doing our best to survive ourselves through this.”
“So, if you are a vegan, absolutely no issues, but don’t feel the need to come on and bombard us with messages – just leave it at that and let us do what we do and you do what you do.”
Image source: Streamvale Open Farm Facebook