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Butcher Trolls Vegans With 'Carrots' Made From Pork

Butcher Trolls Vegans With 'Carrots' Made From Pork

Tom Samways was inspired by vegan food being named after meat

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

A butcher has taken trolling to a new level after he poked fun at vegans by creating a carrot... made out of pork.

Inspired by vegan products named after meat, Tom Samways used pork mince, finished with an orange Italian herb glaze and a parsley top, to make his very own carnivorous 'carrots'.

And according to the 36-year-old, his bold creations have been an absolute hit with customers, with people flogging to his shop to try one. He sold an incredible 300 in just one day.

He said: "Everyone loved them. It started out as a bit of a joke, they were just a gimmick - but they have gone down well and we'll be making more.

"The idea came from the fact that a lot of vegan food is named after meat products, like vegan sausages and vegan chicken.

"I just thought, well, let's make a meat version of vegan food.

Butcher Tom couldn't resist a dig at vegans.
Wales News Service

"They're just pork kebabs really. They're made from high-quality minced pork meat and are glazed with an Italian herb dressing to get that orange look. Then they're finished off with a bit of parsley."

Tom is the owner of T Samways High Class Butchers in Cardigan, West Wales and says he has received a bit of flack online about the carrots.

He said: "I have had a lot of backlash over it, including some not very nice comments. But at the end of the day it's just a joke.

"I don't know if veganism is a fad or not, but I haven't noticed a drop in sales. At first I was a bit concerned, especially during Veganuary, but if anything I've seen an increase in sales. We're definitely up every month.

Tom was fed up with vegans using the names of meats for plant-based products.

"I think it's because people are a lot more aware of where their food comes from now. A lot of customers come in wanting high-class meat from a Welsh farm. They don't want to get it from a supermarket anymore.

"I don't have anything against vegans or businesses that change their products to suit demand - you have to do what works for you. But people who come to my butchers are meat-eaters."

This comes as calls for people to start to move towards a more animal-friendly diet gain force - with stars of TV and film, such as Joaquin Phoenix, pushing for change.

Ahead of his appearance at the BAFTA awards, the actor-turned-animal rights activist unveiled a banner on London's Tower Bridge making a plea for people to ditch animal products and go plant-based.

Featured Image Credit: Wales News Service

Topics: Food, UK News, Interesting, Vegan, Diet, Health