Salt Bae photo with factory-farmed buffalos sparks fury

Famed Turkish butcher and chef Nusret Gökçe, more commonly known as Salt Bae, caused a storm on social media after posting a photograph of himself with water buffalos crammed together at a factory farm.

“Very important meeting,’’ Gökçe captioned a photo he posted on Instagram on Sunday of himself standing at the centre of the tightly-confined buffalos, which formed a circle around him.


Very important meeting #saltbae #saltlife #salt

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A number of Turkish celebrities and journalists were quick to blast the 36-year-old restaurateur, who owns the Nusr-Et international steakhouse chain.

“This is one of the most immoral, cruel and disgusting photographs I’ve seen,’’ journalist Cem Seymen wrote on Twitter. “It is a photograph of an arrogant mankind that has been enslaved by industrial production, who thinks he is the master of all living beings.’’

Musician Gökhan Özoğuz of the group Athena labelled the image as “horrifying.”

“This is how life tests people sometimes. It will give them a world of money and then….’’ the vocalist wrote on Twitter.

Veteran actor Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan opted to react to the image by sharing a quote from writer George Orwell’s famous novel Animal Farm.

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,’’ Taylan wrote on Twitter.

Gökçe, who frequently posts photographs and videos with animal carcasses and celebrities, is no stranger to backlash. 

In 2018, protesters swarmed his Miami Steakhouse after the Internet sensation bragged about feeding Venezuela’s disputed President Nicolas Maduro.