A family’s decision to kill their pet pigs as part of a reality TV show has angered viewers online.
Meat the Family is a controversial program that gives families a tough ultimatum - go vegetarian or send your pet off to be slaughtered.
The series on UK’s Channel 4 follows four families, all of who are meat eaters.
They are given livestock to raise as pets, and at the end of the show must decide if to become vegetarian or not.
If they opt to continue eating meat, the pets are killed.
During a January 15 episode, mum Dawn, her husband, John, and their two sons, Max and Sam, adopted two piglets, which they named Pauline and Reenie.
Despite forming a bond with the piglets, the family decided to stick to their meat-eating diet and send Pauline and Reenie to be killed, according to Metro.
They are visibly upset when reunited with their former pets, cut up and placed in a cooler bag, saying it wouldn’t feel right feasting on Pauline and Reenie after raising the piglets.
“It would be so lovely if even one of these families would choose to save these animals they profess to love so much,” one viewer tweeted following the episode.
“I'm stunned at all the gushy behaviour followed by 'I could never be vegetarian..off to slaughter you go...' Sick,” another said.
One person responded to the tweet saying the children, especially the eldest, seemed very upset.
“I'd say he was traumatised. How could they do such a horrible thing to their children?” they said.
“Yes, both the boys were deeply affected by the death sentence. I didn't understand those parents at all,” the original poster said.
“The dad seemed to feel that not eating meat would mean he was less manly or something. Ugh. They could've put the children's feelings first.”
“Caught up with ep 2 of
#meatthefamily. On the one hand I’m glad ignorant meat eaters are being shown the truth of abattoirs, on the other, how dare you cry your crocodile tears when the animals are being taken away,” another critic tweeted.
“You had the choice. Live with it.”
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