A celebrity farmer was kicked off TikTok for making light-hearted videos about vegans after he brandished a turnip while telling them there is no such thing as cruelty free food.
Gareth Wyn Jones’, 55, most recent clip aimed at veganism highlighted the fact that lots of vegetables, including the turnip he held in his hand, use cow manure as fertiliser.
Less than a day after posting this educational video, the Conwy producer discovered he had been banned from the platform, for ‘harassment and bullying’.
The Llanfairfechan-based farmer said he was the victim of a vegan backlash by ‘powerful’ campaign groups.
Having previously starred in the BBC series The Family Farm, Gareth has amassed more than 15,000 followers on TikTok.
Though, within 24 hours the ban had been rescinded following an appeal.
Welsh farmer Gareth Wyn Jones, 55, (pictured) was booted off TikTok after making a video explaining that cow manure is used as fertiliser for vegetables and that there is no such thing as ‘cruelty free food’
Farmer Gareth starred on the BBC series The Family Farm and has amassed has large audience online
The father-of-three makes joking videos about veganism (pictured) from time to time
The Welsh farmer posted a picture of his TikTok ban on his Facebook, after his video about veganism was reported
The video in question is in response to a short clip of a woman asking ‘Why the f*** aren’t you vegan yet?’.
Gareth said: ‘I’ll tell you why I’m not vegan and never will be, because I’m a farmer and I understand the circle of life and there is not such a thing as cruelty free food.
‘This is food that is grown out of the ground, and it is grown here by using cattle manure and that is a big part of farming, so it’s a whole big circle.
‘Not only do we eat these animals but we use their poo, their manure to grow crops and to grow lovely vegetables to feed you. So it’s all about a balanced diet.’
It is not the first time Gareth has been targeted by what he called ‘militant vegans’, having previously received deaths threats from them.
He added: ‘This is the second time I’ve been blocked by them and I’m not that bothered.
‘I’m still on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. All I did was have a bit of fun. To be honest, I’ve actually been quite well behaved recently.’
Veganism is the practice of eating only food not derived from animals and typically of avoiding the use of other animal products, which Gareth would argue means not eating food that uses cow manure.
His fans online reacted to the news he had been banned, one said: ‘That’s the trouble with today’s youngsters, so easily offended!’
One user voiced there concern at the way online freedom of speech was being impeded, they said: ‘So TikTok agrees to harassment of working people who feed the nation?’
Another added: ‘I complained to Facebook when a vegan stated that all farmers should be killed. Facebook replied stating they hadn’t done anything wrong.’
The farmer said he ‘wasn’t going to lose sleep’ over the temporary ban, after it was removed he joked ‘Winner winner, no vegan dinner’.
Though he did express concerns over the impact on freedom of speech, when pressure groups can get people banned from online platforms.
He believes people should be ‘free to make up their own mind about livestock farming’ and believes that groups will keep attacking him.
In 2021, Gareth shared a picture of the drinks menu at Caffi Clywedog in Powys, Mid Wales, not realising that the venue is entirely vegan.
‘Is this Caffi just using plant based fluids and not using natural local milk? Am I wrong? Can anyone help,’ he asked his supporters.
The cafe offers a menu of meat-free options, but its dairy and meat-free stance has proved controversial because it sits in the heartland of Welsh farming communities.
Gareth took to his Facebook to celebrate his TikTok ban ending
The farmer received vile messages on social media in 2021, with activists saying they would ‘end your bloodline’ and blamed farmers for ‘causing all these pandemics’
Gareth has more than 15,000 followers on TikTok and 40,000 on twitter
The dad-of-three has followed in his family’s 350-year-old tradition of farming at Ty’n Llwyfan in Snowdonia National Park.
Gareth said at the time: ‘These are the type of people who kill your animals and set your barns on fire.
‘They are not to be messed around with. The messages didn’t bother me too much but my wife was very worried and upset last night.’