A vegan girl called the police after being tricked into eating meat

Jennifer Savin
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From Cosmopolitan

A 24-year-old woman who claims to have been vegan for ten years took to Reddit to explain that she contacted the police after three of her now "ex friends" took advantage of her in a drunken state - by tricking her into eating real meat.

In the online chat forum, she explained that on top of having been vegan for ten years, it's been even longer since she's eaten meat, "I have not eaten meat since I was roughly 3-4 years old, when I found out where meat comes from (spoiler alert: there were a lot of tears). This is no secret and everyone in my life knows and respects this – or so I thought."

Things all started going wrong when she got drunk at a party. "My friends thought it would be funny to feed me chicken nuggets as a prank. I checked with them before chowing down – "Are these vegan?" – to which my friends replied, "Yeah, they're Sunfed" (a type of vegan chicken-less chicken).

"They tasted off to me but I figured it was just because I was drunk. I was wrong," continued the woman.

Now I don't know about you, but I'm thinking that this so-called prank isn't really that funny at all...

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The vegan girl in question then explains that she only found out about the nasty trick the following day, after her sister spotted clips about it on Snapchat. "My sister sent me a message telling me to check my friend's Snapchat story. The story was them showing the nugget packaging, and then showing them giving them to me (including the conversation where I asked if it was vegan). Then later, them mocking me and pretending to be me when I found out I ate meat."

In response to the bullying, the victim says she took a screen recording of the video. "I took it to the police, on the grounds of food tampering, and now 3 of my (ex) friends are facing charges."

While the anonymous woman received lots of comments supporting her, others said that feeding a vegan real meat was unlikely to constitute "food tampering" as defined by US law (where this particular instance is believed to have taken place).

Information on the legalities of food tampering, published by Cornell University, states that usually a crime has only been committed if a person’s life could considered to have been put in danger, or if food tampering has commercial impacts on businesses.

It’s unclear what the law in the UK says about this, but Cosmopolitan has reached out to the food standards agency for comment.

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