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People Are Furious That These Firefighters Rescued Some Piglets And Then Ate Them For Dinner

"If you rescue cats, dogs, and babies, do you sit down to eat them six months later?"

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The pigs — 18 piglets and two adults — survived a fire in a barn in Wiltshire in February, the BBC reported.

Pewsey Fire Station

The fire burned over 2,000 pounds of hay, but the pigs were pulled to safety by officers from Pewsey Fire Station.

The pigs were given a stay of execution for six months after the blaze, the BBC reported.

When it was time for the pigs to be slaughtered, farm manager Rachel Rivers decided she wanted to thank the firefighters who saved them. So she made the pigs into sausages and sent them to the fire station.

Pewsey Fire Station

"I'm sure vegetarians will hate this," Rivers told the BBC.

The firefighters called the meat "delicious."


"Such a treacherous act has caused me to completely alter my opinion of firefighters, I though they were driven by compassion, instead it seems they are driven by their appetites," one person fumed.

They said it wasn't a big deal.

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After the controversy, the fire station deleted the post about the sausages and apologized on its page.

Facebook: pewseyfirestation

However, Rivers defended her gift, saying the pigs were raised for slaughter and therefore were just fulfilling their destiny.

"I gave those animals the best quality of life I could ever give until the time they go to slaughter and they go into the food chain," she said.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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