A group of vegans held a candle-lit vigil outside a Bristol farm to mourn 9 turkeys slaughtered for Christmas dinner.
The farm was pressured to cancel the event after the backlash they received from the vegan community but still decided to kill the birds at an abattoir on December 8, just in time for Christmas, reports Bristol Live.
Seven animal rights activists stood in silence in front of the farm while holding candles and a sign with the words “They wanted to live.”
The activists also gave vegan mince pies to passers by in order to encourage people to go vegan.
“There’s a lot of anger that the turkeys are dead, but we just want people to have a peaceful outlet for their grief,” says Sarah Nicol, the vigil’s organizer.
The group’s aim is to stop animals from getting killed by farms and turn Bristol farms into animal sanctuaries.
However, St. Werburgh’s confirmed in a statement that they will not turn into a sanctuary in the future and only aims to educate people regarding where their food comes from.
“We feel that we have an important role to play in educating people about where their food comes from so they can make an informed decision about their food choices,” says a spokesperson from the farm.