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Veggie sausage sizzle hits a snag
By KIM THOMAS - The Press | Monday, 15 September 2008

A vegetarian sausage sizzle outside a Christchurch hardware store hit a snag at the weekend.

Christchurch's Vegetarian Centre booked the sought-after fundraising sausage-sizzle position outside the Bunnings Tower Junction hardware store several months ago.

It told management it would be selling non-meat bangers.

However, when the group arrived at the Bunnings store yesterday, it was told by a staff member that the public "needed meat" and it might have to pack in the sausage sizzle.

The group said it was allowed to stay on the proviso it erected large signs stating the snags were meat-free.

Bunnings Tower Junction manager Peter Presland denied there had been any problems.

Christchurch Vegetarian Centre co-ordinator Yolanda Soryl said she was disappointed with Bunnings' response to their gluten-free snags.

"I was really shocked they (Bunnings) were so `anti' trying something new. They told us customers would be really irate if they didn't get their meat but we've had no complaints from customers and some people told us they came down especially to try some."


Christchurch Vegetarian Centre -

For all media enquiries, school talk bookings or to contact the Co-ordinator of the Christchurch Vegetarian Centre:

Yolanda Soryl



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    Posted by Food For Thought at 11/03/08 21:07:25

    Meat sausage sizzles don't have to put up signs saying 'meat sausages only' so why should the veggies need signs saying 'veg sausages only'.

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    Posted by JohnnySensible at 11/05/08 19:55:42

    I would like to see very "plain language" labeling for all products.

    Example -

    Pig Meat Sausages - they could have wordings added to the packaging such as -

    "Contents include little bits of the nostrils, ears, feet, buttocks, cheeky bits etc. of several thousand abused & murdered baby animals".

    A pig's natural life expectancy is usually 12 to 15 years.

    Pigs are killed to make these pork sausages at approx. 6 months of age.

    By eating this product you are actively supporting animal abuse & infanticide!

    Pigs "have the cognitive ability to be quite sophisticated. Even more so than dogs and certainly [more so than] three-year-olds," - Dr. Donald Broom, Cambridge University professor. One study found that they can even learn to play simple video games.

    Pigs naturally live in groups and express friendships with each other through vocalizing, body language, and with whom they spend their time. Like human children, piglets are particularly fond of play and chase one another, play-fight, tumble down hills, and generally engage in a wide variety of enjoyable activities.(this text taken from

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    Posted by JohnnySensible at 11/20/08 20:13:56

    More from our very active friend Yolanda in Christchurch, NZ -
    Article title - Vegetarianism gaining ground?
    Sub header - Meat is off the menu for many people as rising prices and green issues force a rethink in the weekly shop.
    Excerpt's -
    Christchurch Vegetarian Centre co-ordinator Yolanda Soryl said although cost was not the main reason most people decided to abstain from meat, it was one of the advantages.

    "It would definitely be a cheaper option. If you're looking at making a casserole with split red lentils instead of meat that's definitely going to be cheaper, and better for your heart as well, so it's not just financial benefits," she said.

    Soryl said more than 4000 people attended the Christchurch Vegetarian Expo in September, double the number in 2007.

    Christchurch city missioner Michael Gorman said people were having to make drastic changes to their diet, including cutting out meat.

    "A lot of people, longer than three months ago, gave up having meat on their menu. They might have the sausage stuff or mince maybe -- that's about it," he said.


    My suggestion - contact at least 8 journalists & let them know that you are an "expert" when ever they need quotes about diet, vegan, vegetarian, heart health, diabetes etc. - J

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    Posted by ampallang at 12/02/08 11:27:26

    Bunnings connected with Gunns, killing to worlds forests.. find a local haedware store...

    There is a place in melbourne australia called lord of the fries, its says 100% vegetarian but people still think there burgers are beef.. sometimes if you suprise people its better. Depends of course...

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