'It makes no sense to attack farmers': Vegan Society condemns threats of violence

The public statement follows news of a young farmer telling the BBC she has in the past received death threats from vegan activists
The public statement follows news of a young farmer telling the BBC she has in the past received death threats from vegan activists

The Vegan Society has said it "makes no sense" to attack farmers for providing the public with a product they want to buy.

In a statement denouncing recent death threats made to a farmer following a BBC programme looking into the issue, the Vegan Society said it was "disheartening" to hear threats of violence were made.

Alison Waugh, a trainee farmer in Northumberland, spoke to the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC Two. She said vegan activists have called her a "murderer" and "rapist", and has received death threats due to her work.

However, Vegan Society spokeswoman Dominika Piasecka, said: "It was disheartening to hear this morning that a small number of vegans have decided to make death threats to a farmer.



"It’s important to note that veganism rejects violence and encourages compassion towards living beings, and this incident is not representative of the vegan movement as a whole."

Ms Piasecka said deaths threats are "sadly not uncommon", and can "never be justified".



She added: "A quick look on social media will confirm that vast majority of vegans are appalled that someone would target a farmer in this way.

"Many vegans actually empathise with farmers, who often inherit family farms, are in a financially difficult position or don’t see a way out of those cruel industries.

"It makes no sense to attack farmers for providing the public with a product they want to buy, just like it makes no sense to attack supermarkets for selling animal products that people want to buy; the only way to create positive change is to educate people about veganism and inspire them to adopt the lifestyle."