A Cork farmer has said he is “chuffed” after a video featuring his six-year-old daughter that was shared to an animal rights organisation’s Twitter account without permission has now been removed.
Peter Hynes had previously hit out at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK after they shared the video of his youngest daughter Georgina reading a story book to two calves on their Twitter account along with the message:
"How adorable! Cows are social animals, like us they recognise their friends and grieve when their family members die. Sadly, most cows on dairy farms are slaughtered when they’re 5 or 6.
"We hope that these babies will be spared the horrors of the abattoir."
The post was removed by Twitter today after the family sought advice from a solicitor and contacted the Data Protection Commissioner.
Mr Hynes and his wife Paula, who regularly share video footage of life on their dairy farm in Aherla, had previously demanded that Peta UK take down the post and issue an apology to their family.
Peta UK refused to remove the video from social media when it was originally posted almost ten days ago.
He then spoke to the organisation’s social media manager Jennifer White on C103 who refused to remove the post.
Mr Hynes said: “She refused to remove it and said they were doing nothing illegal and that they had no intention of removing the post from their Twitter page.
“So we sent a number of emails, including to the Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland and Twitter removed the post from the Peta UK page this morning.
“We knew under GDPR we were protected which is why we pursued it and we were given advice by a solicitor,” he said.
He said that the outcome was a “good moral victory”.
“We’re chuffed it’s gone. It's a good moral victory for anyone that’s been intimidated on social media.
“If you’re honest and polite on social media and post what you believe in or what you’re proud of, you shouldn't be intimidated by any organisation of any size,” he said.