A litter of of piglets got their bacon saved from a barn fire in Milton Lilbourne – a village in England – and the farm manager had a rather unusual way of thanking the firemen for their service.

In a move that nearly set every Peta member into orbit, farm manager Rachel Rivers thanked the fire team by serving them up some sausages.

According to BBC, the firefighters originally said the sausages tasted “fantastic,” but after receiving complaints from animal rights activists, they have since apologized.

Ms. Rivers stands by her gift to the fire station, saying farming is her livelihood and a way of life.

“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 said.

“You do feel sad at the end of it . . . but to bring them down for [the firefighters] was a good way of saying ‘thank you.'”

Here’s a photo of the fire as Pewsey firefighters work to put out the blaze:

Image is a screenshot from the YouTube video

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