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Butcher’s shop display set to return

Latest news from the Suffolk Free Press, suffolkfreepress.co.uk, @sfpsudbury on Twitter

Latest news from the Suffolk Free Press, suffolkfreepress.co.uk, @sfpsudbury on Twitter

A traditional butcher’s shop display, including pigs heads and unplucked birds, will return to Sudbury following an outpouring of support.

JBS Butchers in Borehamgate Precinct took down its array of dead animals hung in the front window on Friday after receiving complaints.

The move caused a national stir, featuring on Newsnight, This Morning and Radio 2, with debate raging over whether or not the display was inappropriate.

On the Free Press facebook page followers left more than 175 comments regarding the situation, the overwhelming majority of which were in favour of the display, and a petition calling for its return attracted 700 signatures.

“The response has been amazing,” said John Sawyer, owner of JBS Butchers.

“We have had so much backing. We have been getting calls from the Channel Islands and France.”

But one of those who criticised the display, Daniel Cudmore from Long Melford, said he was glad it had been removed.

“I understand they have a living to make but they do not have to hang the animals up,” he said.

“They should just have a sign on the counter, instead of shouting it to the world. I find it disturbing.”

Mr Cudmore said his fiancée, who keeps rabbits, was almost in tears after seeing Continental giant rabbits in the window recently.

Mr Sawyer said the display was likely to be back in place at on Saturday.

“How can we not put it back after everything,” he said.

“There has been so much support.”

 

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