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Piglets saved from a barn fire were served as sausage to the firefighters who rescued them

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A litter of piglets and two sows were recently served up as dinner to the firefighters who saved them from a February barn fire.

Sixs months ago, British farmer Rachel Rivers promised the Pewsey firefighters that she would bring them organic sausages when the animals were slaughtered, according to the BBC.

But Rivers and the firefighters have faced criticism for the agreement.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said the pigs weren't any better off, despite surviving the fire.

Rivers, however, defended her gift to the firefighters, saying that the pigs had been reared for meat all along.

"I gave those animals the best quality of life I could ever give until the time they go to slaughter and they go into the food chain," she told the BBC.

The Pewsey fire station initially posted photos of the sausages, but those were deleted in response to the backlash.

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