The picture of UK firefighters having a barbecue above was removed from Facebook after a news story was published about the source of that meat. The sausages came from a litter of piglets saved from a barn fire six-months-earlier. The food was given to the firefighters as a gift from the grateful farmer.
The 18 piglets and two sows survived the fire in Wiltshire in February, which saw 60 tonnes of hay catch fire.
In a controversial move, farm manager Rachel Rivers thanked the Pewsey fire team by giving them sausages.
She said: “I’m sure vegetarians will hate this.” The firefighters however said the bangers were “fantastic”.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said the piglets were “no better off” for escaping the fire.
“We’ll be sending Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service packs of vegan sausages so that they can see how easy it is to truly be heroes for pigs – by sparing them all suffering,” said spokesman Mimi Bekhechi.