One of the joys of weekend hardware shopping is a fundraising sausage and onions in bread. But what about us vegans and vegetarians? Well, if moves by PETA are successful, meat-free alternatives might soon be on the menu.
The animal rights group has written to Bunnings chief operating officer Deb Poole asking the hardware giant to consider allowing only vegan sausages at its fundraisers. The letter highlights the devastating effect animal agriculture has on the environment as well as the health risks involved in eating animals, pointing to SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 – as well as potential future swine and bird flu pandemics.
PETA also notes that the World Health Organization has classified the consumption of processed meat such as sausages as “carcinogenic to humans” and that cruelty is inherent in the meat trade. Each year an estimated 72 billion land animals are slaughtered for their flesh.
“Tasty vegan foods are the key to preventing animal suffering, deadly zoonotic diseases, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and strokes,” says PETA senior outreach and partnerships manager Emily Rice. “By sizzling only vegan sausages, Bunnings can support charities while also supporting a better future for the planet, humans, and other animals.”
Bunnings had not responded at the time of going to print.