Andrew Campbell – a dairy farmer from Middlesex, Ontario never imagined the firestorm he’d unleashed on Twitter by posting the day-to-day runnings of his farm near London.
Campbell’s posts evidently caught the attention of Vegans and Animals Groups from all around, as hoards of these misguided individuals came-out of the woodwork in an attempt to sabotage his Twitter campaign!
Angered with the young farmer’s decision to share positive results from his agricultural operation online, those opposed to the livestock industry swamped Campbell’s Twitter postings that used the hashtag “#Farm365.”
Along with Twitter rants bemoaning the use of animals for food, graphic images of animal’s being slaughtered started flooding Campbell’s 13,000 Twitter followers!
In angry and disrespectful tweets, Campbell was referred to as both a ‘murderer’ and ‘rapist’ of animals (loose reference, I assume, to artificial insemination practises used in livestock industry)
The bitter tweeting battle quickly spilled over into #Ontag – a hashtag used mostly by people in Ontario’s agriculture industry to share information.
“What we have seen is there are activists concerned about animal care and thousands of farmers who are concerned about animal care”, said Campbell “There is just maybe a little bit of a gap there,” he added.
The young farmer went on to explain that, “If anything, this shows the reality that there is a gap in the information on how animals are raised on farms”
If nothing else, Andrew Campbell’s Twitter campaign may serve to educate those individuals otherwise clueless on the inner-workings of the livestock industry.
One thing for certain, Campbell’s story has already succeeding in demonstrating the ignorance shared by many Vegan and Animal Rights Groups!