Police officers in rural Wales have come under fire for posting a photo on their popular Twitter account of a politically incorrect breakfast that vegans may find offensive.
The North Wales Rural Crime Team’s pioneering use of social media to raise awareness about rural offences has won widespread renown.
But one person on Twitter was not impressed when the police force posted a picture of a meaty fry-up.
Incensed follower Diana commented: “Speaking as a tax payer I’d prefer them to be less selective when answering questions and perhaps not post breakfast pics that offend vegetarian/vegan followers – pretty thoughtless considering the job title they have.”
And to finish 2017 I had to post this recent reply about our Twitter account, to show why we are withdrawing from answering questions or comments on Twitter for the time being.
Nothing more I can say really…….
Happy 2018 pic.twitter.com/lh4JMkhYBT
— RuralCrimeTeam™ (@NWPRuralCrime) December 31, 2017
The tangy tweet triggered a response by a commenter offering a different perspective.
Farmer Jono Dixon replied: “It’s pathetic…The vegans are ruling the roost. They are nothing more than a menace.
“We as carnivores or vegetarians don’t dictate about there preferred diet so its time they stopped trolling and whingeing about everyone’s daily diets #moveon.”
The offending photo was posted in support of the Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW)’s Farmhouse Breakfast campaign—an initiative to encourage agricultural workers to get together over a cooked breakfast to consider the pressures facing their industry.
Have a great day.
Only one way to start it.
— RuralCrimeTeam™ (@NWPRuralCrime) December 25, 2017
Not long after the controversial photo was posted, the team announced it would no longer be responding to comments on social media, prompting coverage that questioned whether the move was in response to a vegan lobby.
Rural Crime team leader Rob Taylor said the decision was not sparked by vegan backlash, but an “overwhelming” number of replies.
He told the North Wales Daily Post: “We regularly get 1m interactions each month and in August alone we had 1.9m.
“We just can’t answer [all inquiries] any more as it’s a huge commitment.
“Over Christmas we had too much general interaction with people from various walks of life bombarding our feed with questions and we couldn’t cope.”
Announcing the decision on Twitter, a force spokesman said: “We have considered all options and from immediate effect we will cease responding to comments and questions until further notice.”
Time to correct some news… pic.twitter.com/k7dpF9np9R
— RuralCrimeTeam™ (@NWPRuralCrime) January 2, 2018
Meanwhile, police at the RuralCrimeTeam continue posting breakfast pics.
This one, vegetarian, with a comment.
“At some point you have to draw a line under it…”
At some point you have to draw a line under it…..
Good morning everyone. Bore da.
Thursday already and today hopefully we will get chance to broadcast live, but first I have to review the last 24 hrs. pic.twitter.com/SIO0pnM5Kg
— RuralCrimeTeam™ (@NWPRuralCrime) January 4, 2018