Jeremy Vine was called out by a vegan activist for eating a ham and cheese sandwich in his company.
Joey Carbstrong – a well-known Australian vegan – joined Vine on his BBC Radio 2 show to talk about recent complaints from farmers about militant campaigners. During the chat, he compared farm workers to ’slave owners’.
Upon spotting his interviewer’s lunch choice, the campaigner was less than impressed – and called out the DJ live on-air.
“I’m a bit upset to see your sandwich has a piece of a pig’s body in there,” Carbstrong told Vine. “A dead pig that didn’t want to die.
“Ham is a euphemism that actually comes from the flesh of a dead pig.”
When Vine asked him what he prefer him to call it, Carbstrong replied: “I’d like you to call it the dead body of an animal that didn’t want to die.”
The presenter then asked about cheese, with the activist responding: “The cheese comes from a mother who had her children taken from her, and had hands shoved in her anus and was artificially inseminated with bull semen.
“If you stand by and watch, that’s akin to standing by and watching someone abuse their wife and not saying anything.”
Vine said he wouldn’t eat the sandwich but asked if it was offensive to see, to which he argued that it was more offensive to show him a “piece of an animal who didn’t want to die than it is to call someone out for it”.
Listen to the chat here via Metro.
Elsewhere on the show, a trainee farmer said that militant vegan protesters had called her a ‘murderer and rapist’ and said she had been sent death threats.
Responding to the claims, Carbstrong said: “‘I wouldn’t call a farmer a rapist. I wouldn’t use any of those words without explaining to them the process and why they involve themselves in these types of practices.”
The discussion inevitably provoked a strong online debate on the subject of veganism.