Police agency’s breakfast photo sparks vegan controversy
Photos of a police squad’s breakfast in Wales went viral after one Twitter user said their protein-filled photos could offend vegetarians and vegans
By PoliceOne Staff
WALES — Photos of a police squad’s breakfast gained some attention after one Twitter user said their breakfast photos could offend vegetarians and vegans.
WalesOnline reports that the North Wales Police Rural Crime Team posted a picture of their breakfast in support of local farmers. But one Twitter user was not particularly happy about the team’s photos.
Not bad eh....not one egg broken..... let the team meeting begin! pic.twitter.com/lL3jzKtJb2— RuralCrimeTeam™ (@NWPRuralCrime) December 18, 2017
The user, who goes by the name “Diana,” wrote in a now-deleted tweet that as a taxpayer “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.— RuralCrimeTeam™ (@NWPRuralCrime) December 31, 2017
Nothing more I can say really.......
Happy 2018 pic.twitter.com/lh4JMkhYBT
But Diana’s outrage was not shared among a large number of Twitter users. Her tweet went viral, leading many users to mock her.
One user wrote, “As a taxpayer, I think you should tweet photos of your breakfast unless it’s a protected species.”
As a tax payer, I think you should tweet photos of your breakfast unless it’s a protected species 🙄😉🤣😇 pic.twitter.com/I68ghvG7tC— Penguin Yark (@debbo_fisko) December 31, 2017
Another tweeted, “What if I'm offended that your not posting pictures of cooked breakfasts? As a contentious breakfaster I only think it's within my moral and ethical rights to see how good your breakfast is.”
What if I'm offended that your not posting pictures of cooked breakfasts? As a contentious breakfaster I only think it's within my moral and ethical rights to see how good your breakfast is........— David Burden (@OfficalDB) January 1, 2018
Vegetarian users also joined in and said the photos didn’t offend them.
“Vegetarian here but not offended. Not a banner waver. People have a right to live their lives as and how they choose,” the tweet said.
Vegetarian here but not offended. Not a banner waver. People have a right to live their lives as and how they choose.— Lorraine. 💛💙 (@Lorrain27048741) December 31, 2017
The team regularly shares photos of their breakfast alongside incident updates on their Twitter page. But team manager Rob Taylor said they have decided to suspend their responses with the public. He added that it was due to a lack of resources and that the reports of a vegan backlash leading to the suspension was “fake news.”