Vegans target gourmet farm shop with fake negative reviews to ruin five-star rating
- The Gourmet Goat Farmer in Avebury, Wiltshire, has been targeted by campaigners
- Owner Laura Corbett has hit out at “keyboard warriors” who left fake reviews
A gourmet farm shop’s flawless five-star rating has been marred by fake negative reviews from vegan activists.
The Gourmet Goat Farmer in the village of Avebury, Wiltshire, was targeted last month and has since seen its valuation fall.
This came after an activist in the 657-strong private Facebook group Vegan Wiltshire urged people to leave negative reviews on the pantry and cafe’s page.
It said: “Can we please leave some negative reviews for this place?” “An animal farm should definitely not get a five star review.”
Since then, a barrage of abuse has followed with fake negative reviews, with one person writing: “Good people don’t use, abuse, hurt, exploit and kill innocent animals.” I hope life treats the owner of this place the same way it treats the animals treated.
Laura Corbett, owner of Gourmet Goat Farmer, has hit out at “keyboard warriors” who left fake negative reviews, causing the restaurant’s pristine five-star rating to drop
The pantry and cafe is located in the village of Avebury, Wiltshire, and boasts that “the welfare of our beautiful animals is at the heart of everything we do.”
“Eat plants, not living things.”
While another called it a “disgusting place” and “just a bunch of nasty little animal torturers.”
The farm shop boasts that “the welfare of our beautiful animals is at the heart of everything we do.”
“Our goats live healthy, free-range lives here on the Marlborough Downland, grazing on ancient pastures and socializing naturally as part of a herd,” a message on the website reads.
The farm’s owner, Laura Corbett, became aware of the fake reviews last month when a few “kind” people sent her private messages.
She even offered to give the activists a tour of the farm, but none showed up at the agreed time and date. The Telegraph reported.
She wrote: “I’m a little worried that my own contribution to THIS post would just make me another target, but I thought I’d do it anyway!”
The farm shop’s website says: “Here on the Marlborough Downland, our goats live healthy, free-range lives, grazing on ancient pastures and socializing naturally as part of a herd.”
Ms Corbett offered to give the activists a tour of the farm, but no one showed up at the scheduled time and date
“I, the gourmet goat farmer, would be happy to spend a few hours this Wednesday August 16th at 4pm with a vegan from Wiltshire or elsewhere to give them a tour of our farm and answer any questions answer that he has.”
“I am very concerned about vegans and their long-term health and would like to do everything I can to expand their knowledge of agriculture.”
Ms Corbett told The Telegraph: “They are keyboard warriors, not listeners.”
She said the negative reviews caused stress because her son was worried “they would show up at the door” when he went to bed.
Mo Metcalf-Fisher, director of the Countryside Alliance, said: “Cases like this show why targeting law-abiding business owners and employees with malicious fake reviews should be a criminal offense.”
“The government must listen to the small businesses that are being victimized and protect their well-being and livelihoods from these cranks.”