The F1 driver, 36, has recently used his social media platforms to promote a variety of issues that involve the environment and animal welfare. Lewis, who went vegan in 2017, has even changed his pet bulldog Roscoe’s diet to a plant-based one.
But Gareth Wyn Jones, a hill farmer in Llanfairfechan, north Wales, has taken the F1 world champion to task over the issue, Wales Online reports.
“I just think these people are losing reality. They are losing the plot about what we should be talking about,” he said.
“I have killed animals and eaten them. I have shot rabbits, I have shot pheasants, I have caught fish and I am proud of it because I am feeding my family.
“I don’t live in Monaco. I don’t live a life that I pretend. I live a life that is true, honest and part of the ground, the soil that we grow and produce things to feed other people.
“That is what a farmer does. So, I am sorry Lewis, keeping going at 160mph round and round that racetrack, but don’t tell other people how to live or what to eat.”
In December, even ex-F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone warned Lewis to shut up and keep quiet.
“Outside the track he has raised some issues in the wrong way. In the silence behind the scenes, I think he could have achieved a lot more,” the business magnate said.
And Gareth, who has more than 36,000 followers on Twitter, echoed these concerns.
The dad-of-three added: “I really respect the guy as a racing driver, I think he is brilliant, but I think he has got this one wrong, and I tell you why. At four o’clock this morning I was up, out, checking on my cows and a newborn calf. All day we have been checking on our sheep.
“My family have been on this farm for 370 years, producing sustainable food. Not only do we produce meat, we produce wool and we grow our own vegetables and we try to grow as much of our own fruit as we can.”
Former rugby referee Nigel Owens, 49, has his own farm, breeding Hereford cattle.
He was one of the first people to comment on the farmer’s post.
He said: “Da iawn. Well said Gar.”