Famous vegans around the world get a bad reputation when some of their followers verbally abuse meat-eaters for their diet. Those who attack carnivores use every burn under the sun, which isn't necessarily the best tactic, but in this dog-eat-dog, social media heavy world we live in, you have to do something to make sure your point is heard.
To be fair to vegans, they give as good as they take, and sometimes they take a hell of a lot. One lady received death threats for making vegan meatballs and we recently heard of a chef boasting about spiking vegans when they came to her restaurant. Not only that, she started trolling reviewers for calling her up on it.
Unfortunately for Chris Pratt, he's on the receiving end of some serious vegan trolling. After uploading a picture of a bunch of lamb meat from his farm, he's had hundreds of comments from vegans to tell him he's basically the worst human alive for slaughtering an animal.
The Guardians of the Galaxy and Parks and Recreation star wrote next to the picture:
"Look at all this glorious food! We will eat off him for a month. His wool is becoming yarn as we speak. He lived a very good life. He was groomed and shorn, his hooves medicated, de wormed, no antibiotics necessary.
"Surrounded by laughing loving humans, including children to whom they provided such joy. Nuzzled, pet and loved every day. No stressful travel to his final destination. Trauma Free. Just a touch of a USDA certified wand to his head and he goes to sleep. The other sheep don’t even notice. It’s like unplugging a tv. Then Wocka my butcher works his magic."
The post is a part of his new-found passion for farming, which he picked up about six months ago. The 38-year-old says that the meat is only available to friends and family, but he's looking at expanding his operations in the future.
However, it was quickly apparent that some fans didn't exactly share his enthusiasm for free-range farming.
One person wrote, "He clearly has been indoctrinated into this macho world of needing to dominate animals in order to feel like a man. Pathetic."
Another added, "Killing is dark, it's bloody, it's death, it's ego, vanity, it's sin and is unnecessary for survival. The mentality that eating animals is ok and a personal choice is the very reason this planet and society is going to total shit so quickly."
Here, Chris talks about how the "happiest lambs" on the planet wake up dead in his freezer:
"It's not so much about vegans losing their s**t. It's about killing an innocent, living being feeling pain and suffering just like we do. Would you kill a dog? No? Then why kill a sheep?" a third questioned.
A fourth commented, "So what you're saying is humans tricked this innocent, sentient animal into trusting them, only to be murdered inhumanely by them. There is NO humane way to MURDER someone, animal or human, that does not want to die."
But one of the most scathing commenters wrote, "Meat really is murder. No possible other truth. This is disgusting. The Smug face of supposedly 'kind' meat? Did you hear from the other sheep personally that they didn't notice? Arrogant arrogant man."
However, there were also many people condemning the vegans for attacking Pratt:
A very fair point. Eating meat is in no way illegal, but simply something that some people find immoral. But surely we're all entitled to our opinion on the matter?
Finally, there were some people who found the entire discussion rather entertaining:
From this, it's clear the chasm between carnivores and vegans is as large as it's ever been, and it doesn't look like it's going to close anytime soon. As meat eaters go, Chris to me doesn't seem like the worst offender; he's tried to ethically source his meat, at least. Whether that's enough to be socially acceptable in today's world, I'll leave up to you.