Actor said he didn't "mean to be insensitive"
Chris Pratt has been criticised over online posts that some have deemed as “bragging” about killing animals.
The Guardians Of The Galaxy actor recently revealed that he has started rearing his own sheep to eat, posting a video to Instagram this week, telling fans: “I’m eating lamb, fresh farm-to-table lamb. They are the happiest lambs on the planet, they are so sweet and then one day they wake up dead and they’re in my freezer.”
“If you’re vegetarian, I apologise, I don’t mean to be insensitive but I did have a wonderful lamb lunch,” he added in the clip.
Pratt also posted a photo of several racks of lamb, writing “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,” he continued. “Then Wocka my butcher works his magic. Right now the meat is for friends, family and gifts. Soon though it may be available to my followers as we test recipes and open up to market. Gotta get some things dialed in first. I have found a new passion to add to my many others. #farmlife and jack loves it! You’ll know where to sprinkle my ashes. I’ll tell you that.”
Vegan and vegetarian fans have since criticised Pratt over his post, describing his comments as “regressive and disgusting” and accusing Pratt of “bragging”.
“How can you love something and provide care for it and then kill it,” one fan asked.
Another wrote: “Chris Pratt, there’s no HUMANE way to kill an animal. You’re despicable”.
Pratt hasn’t yet responded to the backlash.
In a Facebook video that was later taken down, the star encouraged viewers to “turn up the volume and not just read the subtitles”.
He added: “I want to apologize. I have people in my life who are hearing-impaired, and the last thing in the world I would want to do is offend them or anybody who suffers from hearing loss or any other disability… In the future I’ll try to be a little less ignorant about it.”