Pop­u­lar tur­key auc­tion can­celled after cam­paign from ve­gan group

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

A COM­MU­NITY farm in Bris­tol has aban­doned its an­nual tur­key auc­tion after complaints from ve­g­ans.

St Wer­burgh’s City Farm dropped the pop­u­lar event at the last minute due to a num­ber of an­gry emails.

The auc­tion was set to take place this week­end dur­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Win­ter Fare.

But or­gan­is­ers told the BBC: “We are aware that rais­ing an­i­mals for meat is an emo­tive is­sue, and hav­ing lis­tened to the views of a small sec­tion of our com­mu­nity, we have de­cided not to hold our an­nual tur­key auc­tion.

“How­ever, the aims and ob­jec­tives of the farm will re­main un­changed and our tur­keys will still be sold for Christ­mas.”

The news has been met with a mixed re­sponse from the Bris­tol Ve­gan group which cam­paigned against the auc­tion.

Mem­ber Lau­rie Lou said: “We haven’t won any­thing yet as th­ese tur­keys are still des­tined for the same ends as before.”

One per­son wrote on the group’s Face­book page: “Buy­ing them was not ap­pro­pri­ate but teach­ing our kids that a life is not a prize should be worth more to the farm.”

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