Ofcom has received furious complaints about a controversial Channel 4 documentary, which shows vegans stealing pigs from farms.
In 'How to Steal Pigs and Influence People', a vegan influencer who kidnaps pigs from Britain's farms before they go to slaughter steals a piglet away from its mother, before Vlogging its progress to his followers.
Vegan influencers featured in last night's show, included Wesley Omar, 23, who films each robbery, then shares his footage online.
The documentary faced a fierce backlash online, with many outraged viewers fearing the documentary glamourises stealing pigs and will inspire more people to do it.
And the National Rural Crime Network, which represents rural workers, has asked Ofcom to look into whether it has breached the Broadcasting Code by "broadcasting material likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder".
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Chairman of the National National Rural Crime Network, Julia Mulligan, has written to Ofcom Interim Chief Executive Jonathan Oxley to complain about the show.
She wrote : "The National Pig Association and the four UK farming unions, including the NFU – who are NRCN members – are among those who expressed their worries to Channel 4 ahead of broadcast that the programme glamorised and condoned crime and violence in rural areas. The broadcaster insisted ‘the programme did not glamorise or condone illegal activity’.
"We do not agree.
"We believe the programme itself, and particularly the title and promotion ahead of broadcast, explicitly glamorises illegal activity and, therefore, we would be grateful if Ofcom would consider whether it has breached Rule 3.1 of the Broadcasting Code."
The show cast an eye on how a new breed of vegan influencers were pushing for a meat-free world.
During the programme, one of the vegan influencers Hugo condoned the act of taking a piglet away from their mum.
He said: "What gives the farmer the right to take these babies and put them in the position they're in? If they have the right to kill them, morally I have the right to free one."
Twitter users however were sickened by the actions of the vegan influencers on the show and condemned Channel 4 for airing it.
One wrote: "Channel 4 How to steal pigs and influence people? How is this even legal???!!! I have no words … this should not be aired on TV."
Another said: "It is appalling that you’d even consider airing a programme like how to steal pigs and Influence People let alone create it!! Complete and utter nonsense promoting illegal activity. How about support British Farmers?? They put the food on your tables!!"
The airing of the documentary comes after a piglet was stolen from a farm in Cloughmills, Northern Ireland, by vegan protesters.
Up to 50 protesters clad in white overalls and gloves are believed to have entered the farm buildings, before the piglet was stolen.
Daily Star Online has contacted Channel 4 and Ofcom for comment.
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