Bake Off's first vegan baker Freya Cox forced to QUIT Facebook after trolls slam her 'cruel' hobby
BAKE Off's first vegan baker Freya Cox has QUIT Facebook after trolls accused her of having a "cruel" hobby.
Channel 4's hit show will return for season 12 next Tuesday and among those in the tent will be 19-year-old Freya, who is also a dressage champion.
The keen horse rider managed a Facebook page called Freya Cox Eventing dedicated to her achievements but has taken it down after being blasted by hardline vegans.
Many vegans were left fuming as the psychology student insisted that she was "passionate about ethics" as she introduced herself after signing up to the show.
She said online: "The secret is finally out! I can't believe I'm actually writing a post announcing I am going to be on the Great British Bake Off 2021 baking all vegan bakes.
"I am so passionate about ethics and feel completely blessed to have the opportunity to share this with the world. To say I am the first completely vegan baker on GBBO feels like such an honour.
"I will be posting loads of updates, bakes and behind the scenes pics over on my Instagram page if you'd like to follow me on there. Speak to you all soon…the future really is vegan."
Some were unhappy that Freya branded herself a vegan given that vegans reject the commodity status of animals and refuse to use animal products.
One person wrote back: "The problem people like myself are having is that, yes it's great that someone is going onto a mainstream programme promoting vegan food.
"But please don't say that you are passionate about ethics when you still ride horses.
"I know she still rides as she replied to someone on her Instagram earlier today saying they should meet for a hack soon!
"So just say that you're plant-based and making slow changes to becoming fully vegan in future or something if that is what you're doing."
'Saying that you're passionate about ethics and then riding horses is completely contradicting and confusing.'
A second wrote: "Yep, she's not vegan. Just plant-based obviously.
They added: "If you are still riding you shouldn't be calling yourself vegan and you most definitely shouldn't be going on TV calling yourself vegan.
"It's no wonder people get confused what veganism means when the ethos is constantly being watered down."
Freya replied to another mean comment in which a person asked if her horse gets the "necessary exercise" and accused her of breaking the animal's spine by riding it.
The student shot back with a smiling face and wrote: "I can reassure she is absolutely spoilt rotten".
Freya lives at home with her parents in North Yorkshire where she cares for her horse.
She said she liked to be "unexpected" with her baking and was "a massive perfectionist"
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