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Farmers Upset At BBC Over "False" Claims In Vegan Documentary Series

by | January 10, 2020

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has complained to the BBC about Veganville — a documentary series in which five vegans promote veganism in Wales.

Set in Merthyr Tydfil — a small town North of Cardiff where many residents are involved with animal agriculture — Veganville follows the vegans as they talk to local people about the reasons for swapping to a plant-based lifestyle. 

The NFU is now asking its members to complain to the BBC, calling the show “another example of unbalanced and disproportionate reporting of veganism.”

“A number of claims are made during the Veganville series that are false,” said John Davies, NFU Cymru President, “not least that the best thing a person could do for the environment would be to immediately turn vegan.”

“It is frustrating that once again a BBC-commissioned programme is acting as a promotional tool for a specific campaign representing only a tiny minority of people.”

“NFU Cymru has submitted a letter of complaint to the commissioning editor of the programme at the BBC about the lack of balance in this piece.”

In an email to Raise Vegan, a spokesperson for the BBC stated that “Veganville isn’t pro-vegan or anti vegan. As NFU Cymru points out, the documentary hears from a range of local contributors who support the meat and dairy industry, whether farmers or members of the Merthyr Tydfil community, alongside those who practice veganism.”

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Many of the residents of Merthyr Tydfil are involved in the farming industry (Photo: Laurinson Crusoe/Shutterstock.com)

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Famous vegan activist Joey Carbstrong is among the plant-based advocates on the show. Carbstrong is committed to animal rights activism as a full-time pursuit.

The show also features Korin, a bodybuilder from Miami, food-lover Rikki, environmentalist Dan, and vegan food entrepreneur Jodi.

Have you seen the show? Do you think it is biased? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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2 Responses to “Farmers Upset At BBC Over "False" Claims In Vegan Documentary Series”

  1. Ken Dean
    January 15th, 2020 @ 9:25 am

    Every time I see protests about animals from vegan groups, I wonder if you really think it through. On Veganville they were talking about the cute animals, how they should be saved from being killed. Don’t you see, if everyone was to go vegan tomorrow, ALL animals would be slaughtered, and no new ones reared – farmers won’t have them because they look cute. If you want these animals, they will always be bred for meat and milk products.

  2. Alix Coe
    January 15th, 2020 @ 12:38 pm

    Hi Ken, thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

    I think the point of the discussion is that vegans would like to see existing animals saved from slaughter and then no new animals deliberately bred into captivity to be killed for food. Animals are reproduced at an alarmingly unnatural rate to meet the demands of the meat and dairy industries, and I would imagine that no vegan would be upset if the farmers stopped doing this entirely.

    Thanks again for reading!

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