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Monday 7 October 2013

'The Grounds of Alexandria': Kevin and Bradley Missing + Facebook Comments

How many posts do you read on Facebook and sometimes you kinda scroll by?

This one caught my attention and I wanted to know more.

Almost 22,000 people 'like' the Facebook page of 'The Grounds of Alexandria' and this morning, they would have seen this post, below:


We at The Grounds take family very seriously, and unfortunately last night two of our family members were taken from us.

Kevin and Bradley are loved by all of The Grounds team and we find it unbelievable that people would take him from The Grounds.

We kindly ask for everyone’s help by keeping their eyes and ears open for any information on the return of our family.

We are currently working with the local authorities for their safe return. We do currently have security footage of the suspects and will be posting this shortly.

Please share and like this post as any information leading to the return of Kevin and Bradley will receive a $5000 reward.

Sincerely, The Grounds Team.

Now, I think theft is theft is theft. This is a terrible act.

But, as we know, social media can bring out the best and worst in people, and it can be a perfect breeding ground for, shall we say, some very strong words and opinions.

Well. This is exactly the case in this situation. I wanted to post about it to not only to support the establishment, but to also highlight just how out of control comments on a Facebook page can get.

UPDATED: Kevin Bacon and Bradley have been found!

Here is what was posted at 11pm on October 28:

Kevin Bacon and Bradley found in country Victoria The Grounds of Alexandria is delighted to announce that family members Kevin Bacon and Bradley (our muchloved pig and lamb), have been safely found in country Victoria after being stolen from their home on 4 October. The Grounds were contacted by the owner of an animal shelter in Goongerah over the weekend stating she received a pig and lamb. She also mentioned that the pig was ill and was waiting for the vet to arrive. The animals have now been taken care of on location at the veterinary clinic in Orbost due to Kevin recovering from anxiety and an infection, which developed during his capture. Bradley is in good health. After verifying that the animals were in fact Kevin and Bradley, The Grounds contacted police and have begun plans for their safe return to Sydney. On behalf of everyone here at The Grounds of Alexandria, we’d like to thank the community and media for their unbelievable support since Kevin and Bradley were taken from their home with us. We held genuine concern for their safety after thieves broke in and we have now increased security to ensure this will never happen again. The date of Kevin Bacon and Bradley's return is expected to be known later this week.

Here are some comments, cut and pasted from the above post:

  • Sam Benjamin Seriously $5k for a couple of hundred bucks worth of meat. First world problems people. Would the owners of the grounds Donate $5k to find a Bangladeshi girl kidnapped and sold to a life of sexual servitude? Me thinks not. If you ever see me at this establishment please feel free to slap me across the face as I have obviously lost my shit.
    Like · Reply · 22 · 9 hours ago via mobile
    • Manuela Leigh You're an idiot.
      Like · 8 · 9 hours ago
    • Amy Huang thats not the point you idiot. All the kids that visits the grounds love these small animals and brings smiles to everyone.. They are innocent living creatures as well.. this has nothing to do with donating to Banladeshi children. Go and preach your narrow mind attitude else where..
      Like · 17 · 9 hours ago
    • Josie Gagliano Galea
  • Bree V Strezos Is this post a joke? I can't believe they keep the same species they serve for breakfast as pets. How could anyone in their right mind munch on some bacon while admiring their pet pig lol
    Like · Reply · 10 · 3 hours ago via mobile
  • Matthieu Slarris I have flown in and out of eating meat. But for the love of heck Vegans and Vegetarians are just as bad as Christians.
    Like · Reply · 10 · 5 hours ago via mobile
  • Marcia Lorraine Casabianca It's so sad that every time someone has a sweet, community minded idea, there is some jerk who ruins it. I'm very saddened by the news and hope both are returned safely. The animals make so many kids and adults alike happy. Shame on those pushing their views through at an entirely inappropriate moment.
    Like · Reply · 9 · 2 hours ago via mobile
  • Matt Hunter Hey psycho Meredith... You're getting angry because people care about two animals... Isn't that being a bit of a hypocrite?
    Like · Reply · 9 · 5 hours ago via mobile
    • Josie Gagliano Galea
  • Lesley Wolf I hope PETA stole them, if they had dog on the menu and dogs to play with you you would find that disturbing!
    Like · Reply · 8 · 6 hours ago via mobile
  • Ann Flagg Campbell I hope ALF took them and saved them from being murdered!
    Like · Reply · 7 · 5 hours ago
  • Joel Turner Shane Ervine Ṽ you are an ignoramus, we are not herbivores we are omnivores, check our teeth. It is a freedom of choice, those pigs are omnivores too, hungry enough they would eat you. And none of the breeds of fwuffy Whittle sheep pigs and cows would be about now if they hadn't been bred for consumption by us. Jackass
    Like · Reply · 8 · 3 hours ago via mobile

And more of the 500+ comments:

  • Allan Jackson This experience instructs us to validate the good in us. I can't, for the life in me, imagine doing such a mean spirited, nasty thing to such beautiful piggies and their adoring parents. I'm sure 99% of you out there feel likewise. For those who perpetrated this, let's not engage them with hate but with empathy and sadness that their take on life is so ugly, sad, nasty and defeated that this makes sense to them. But for the grace of God . . .
    Like · Reply · 8 · 7 hours ago via mobile
  • Kris Gray Not Kevin Bacon!!!!!!!! And little Braaaaadley!!!!!!! When they catch those thieves, they should have a public flogging....
    Like · Reply · 8 · 11 hours ago via mobile
  • Trixie La Bouche Guys, lets get back to the matter at hand: these animals are beloved pets and need to be returned. Simple. Keep it civil and relevant please 
    Like · Reply · 7 · 2 hours ago via mobile
  • Mel Fitzgerald Shitty people who stole them and shitty people with their negative comments. Theft is theft. These animals are kept in good conditions and are happy and healthy animals. The grounds have done nothing wrong. I hope they catch the numbnuts who took them and they are returned safe and sound.
    Like · Reply · 6 · 8 hours ago via mobile
  • Misha Alexis Do you cook and sell meat at your establishment? Perhaps try looking in the fridge for them. Either that or they have run away because they're sick of you killing their friends and family members. 
    Like · Reply · 13 · about an hour ago
  • Ian Xavier Randle I won't eat another bite of my bacon&egg roll until they are home safe&sound!
    Like · Reply · 5 · 11 hours ago via mobile
  • Shane Michael Hudson We need this resolved immediately, the quicker you upload the footage the better. Do you have footage of any cars coming in or near the facility? Is both Kevin and Bradley microchipped? Have you called the cops? Closed the area off from the public? Dusted for prints? I would be treating this as a family member being kidnapped. Shame on the people who did this. My best bet is it was two -three male drunks who thought it would be funny after last nights grand final to take the pig and lamb. But not realizing how serious this offense is they may be intimidated into getting rid of the evidence. If that is the case then we need to act quick! I would be calling any local farmers if they were sold these two animals.
    Like · Reply · 5 · 10 hours ago via mobile
  • Stan Gomberg Seriously, some people are just nothing more that a waste of oxygen. Who would do something like that???!!!!
    Like · Reply · 6 · 10 hours ago via mobile
  • Michelle Teunis Some people eat meat, some don't Shane. Get over it.
    Like · Reply · 5 · 3 hours ago via mobile
  • Steven Skelly Shane, why don't you eat a dick you self righteous knob
    Like · Reply · 5 · 7 hours ago via mobile
    • Charmaine Christensen “When it comes to veganism you always see the words “self righteous” thrown around by people in a ridiculous attempt to discredit and nullify a vegan’s opinion, but someone that stands up against racism, sexism, homophobia or any other kind of other social issue NEVER gets called self righteous.”

      — Felix Sampson
      Like · 4 · 2 hours ago
    • Josie Gagliano Galea
  • Alex Adams Shocking, what disgusting people in the world to steal two animals that bring so much joy to so many people. I pray for their safe return 
    Like · Reply · 5 · 8 hours ago via mobile
  • Jade Carter Who gives a fuck what anyone on here eats. It's about looking for stolen animals. Theft. Criminal acts. Sharing this information to get them found not your dietary choices!!!
    Like · Reply · 12 · 3 hours ago via mobile
    • Josie Gagliano Galea
  • Cam Bowden Meat is murder... Tasty, tasty murder. I'll have mine with a nice red wine jus please.
    Like · Reply · 4 · 3 hours ago via mobile
  • Matt Hunter You're kind of messed up, aren't you Nez?
    Like · Reply · 4 · 5 hours ago via mobile
  • Jamie McBrien Ps. I have pet fish and I eat fish. Hardly a hypocrite - goldfish taste like shit, as do dogs. I only eat what is tasty.
    Like · Reply · 4 · 6 hours ago via mobile
  • Like · Reply · 4 · 8 hours ago via mobile
  • Like · Reply · 4 · 8 hours ago via mobile
  • Mel Kenny pls cum back kevin & bradley you're bacon everyone crazy bbs
    Like · Reply · 4 · 9 hours ago
  • Rosemary Psaila Omg. That is ridiculous. Some people don't belong on this earth.
    Like · Reply · 5 · 11 hours ago via mobile
  • Ben Redmond How can someone who would never eat these animals consider eating others? What makes some creatures safe, and others not, even within the same species? It doesn't make sense to love one but kill the other.
    Like · Reply · 2 · about an hour ago via mobile
  • Angel Rubio Vicente Hypocrites, murderous hypocrites everywhere.
    Like · Reply · 2 · 52 minutes ago via mobile
  • James Stamp Opinion is one thing but the ignorance of people who feel sorry for a cat or dog but couldn't give a shit about sheep or pigs is exactly that. Ignorance. It's hard to get the truth out there though.
    Like · Reply · 2 · 53 minutes ago via mobile
  • Joel Turner I like animals, I also eat them, humans are apex predators and I respect every animal I kill for food. All of you going on about how these animals get cruelly torn from their mothers bosom, most animal offspring separate from parents at a very early age. I believe that people should be made to kill their own food and if they don't have the stomach for it then they should join the pasty emaciated ranks of hippy vegans. I shoot rabbits and I thank each and everyone one of them for the sustainance they provide for me and my children. Each to their own, be more tolerant, or does that only come from meat based proteins. I support PETA. (people eating tasty animals)
    Like · Reply · 3 · 2 hours ago via mobile

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