Viewers tore into a militant vegan who claimed the dairy industry rapes and ‘sexually violates’ cows on This Morning as he sat next to two farmers who received death threats after posting photos of their calves online.
Joey Carbstrong, 31, an Australian ‘celebrity’ vegan activist with tens of thousands of YouTube and Instagram followers, lectured dairy farmers Jonny and Dulcie Crickmore about their rearing methods.
The campaigner, who just days ago attacked Jeremy Vine for eating a ham sandwich, claimed artificial insemination – during which semen is injected into the female cow’s ‘reproductive tract’ – was equivalent to ‘sexual abuse‘ as the animal could not give consent.
Carbstrong said: ‘Cows are artificially inseminated with a fist up their anus. When she can’t produce anymore, she is murdered for her body.’
When asked by presenter Philip Schofield if the process could really be described as ‘rape’, as activists had said online, Carbstrong said: ‘If the victim is a human being we would call it that.
‘It is sexual abuse. We are sexually violating a sentient being against their will. That is amoral – they cannot give consent to this.’
Carbstrong’s comments were savaged by viewers on Twitter, who accused him of behaving in an unreasonable and aggressive manner.
‘Jess’ said: ‘If you want to be vegan, absolutely fine. If you don’t want to be, again, absolutely fine. Leave people alone for god sake.’
Another viewer wrote: ‘This militant vegan on This Morning has me howling. His eyes are going to pop out of his head any minute.
‘He doesn’t even listen. Just looks for a moment to interject & shove his views, quite aggressively, down everyone’s throats. What an arrogant man.
And Jennifer Down, a farmer, tweeted: ‘We’re not forcing vegans to eat meat so why are they forcing us to be vegan!? We farmers have no issues with the lifestyle they choose.’
Farmers are Jonny and Dulcie Crickmore also defended their trade against Carbstrong’s slurs.
Mrs. Crickmore said: ‘We uploaded a social media post showing three triplets, and quickly received a lot of abuse from vegans.
‘Words like rape, murder, and slavery were consistent.
‘Rape is an act of sexual predation; murder is one human being purposely killing another human being, and slavery is one human being enslaving another human being.’
Mr. Crickmore: ‘I find those words like “rape” and “murder’ very offensive.
‘We have billions of people in this world and they have to be fed. Like 270-odd other species on this planet, we eat meat.’
Carbstrong recently hit the headlines after lecturing BBC Radio 2 host Jeremy Vine for having a ham sandwich on his desk.
The self-proclaimed ‘vegan educator’ has come to prominence recently because of his clashes with farmers who he has likened to ‘slave owners’.
Carbstrong, from Adelaide in South Australia, is currently touring the UK and Ireland because he has an ‘obligation’ to convert meat eaters to veganism.
He said: ‘If you stand by and watch, that’s akin to standing by and watching someone abuse their wife and not saying anything. If you didn’t intervene, then you become complicit.’
Carbstrong was set to discuss that but was instead distracted by the ham sandwich Vine had brought in for his lunch.
Inspecting it, the former gang member who spent six months in prison, said: ‘I’m a bit upset to see your sandwich has a piece of a pig’s body in there. A dead pig that didn’t want to die.
‘Ham is a euphemism that actually comes from the flesh of a dead pig.’
Commenting on the incident, Carbstrong said: ‘The passion was justified, Jeremy has not spent as many hours as I have seeing pigs being lowered into gas chambers and thrashing around as they die.
‘If he had seen things I have seen he wouldn’t have been so insensitive about it and pointed out this piece of dead meat.’
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