Shop­pers flock­ing to farm af­ter ve­gan row

Western Daily Press - - News -

A TURKEY farmer who got death threats af­ter of­fer­ing cus­tomers the chance to name and feed a bird be­fore it is slaugh­tered at Christ­mas says his or­ders have gone up – 1,500 per cent.

Farmer Matt Carter, 35, says he nor­mally sells one or two tur­keys a day but af­ter at­tacks by the “ve­gan mafia” he’s flogged 25 a day since.

Matt, of Green­dale Farm Shop, sparked the row af­ter he posted an of­fer on Face­book, which read: “Come and pick your own Christ­mas turkey at the farm shop.

“We will put a name tag on it and you come and feed it and help look af­ter it for the next two months.

“You won’t need to get in­volved in any of the dif­fi­cult bits at the end and we will even bone and stuff it for you when you come and pick it up, in time for Christ­mas.’’

But his post went vi­ral at­tract­ing thou­sands of com­ments – mostly from ve­g­ans call­ing Matt “twisted”, “psy­cho­pathic” and even a “mur­derer”.

Work­ers re­ceived threats and in­sults and graf­fiti was daubed across the shop’s en­trance.

But the post – which now has nearly 6,000 in­ter­ac­tions – has got so much at­ten­tion sales had spiked by 1,566 per cent this week.

Matt said he’d usu­ally get one or two turkey or­ders on a Wed­nes­day in November – but in­stead sold around 25, with other sales in the shop “qua­dru­pling”.

Fifth-gen­er­a­tion farmer Matt said: “It took lots of scrub­bing to get the graf­fiti off, but the pub­lic­ity it has brought and the sup­port we have had has been amaz­ing.

“I’ve been com­pletely pleas­antly sur­prised by the sup­port both lo­cally – with feet on the ground in the shop – and na­tion­ally on­line.

“I’m not one to court pub­lic­ity, but re­ally th­ese sales have been bril­liant and to­tally un­ex­pected.

“It’s sales I sus­pect we would never have got be­fore all this, so it has com­pletely back­fired for th­ese ve­gan mafia peo­ple.

“They wanted to shut us down but in re­al­ity we’re busier than ever.”

The shop’s farm near Ex­eter and has pigs, beef cat­tle, sheep, tur­keys and chick­ens.

Some of the tur­keys are free range, while oth­ers are kept in a large open barn.

Matt put up his post on Satur­day, and it im­me­di­ately started at­tract­ing at­ten­tion from crit­ics, and his shop was tar­geted by van­dals on Mon­day night.

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