Come along to Bunnings Gungahlin on Saturday 15th July; grab yourself a delicious animal-friendly (vegan) sausage sanga and in doing so, help us raise much needed funds for Little Oak Sanctuary!
Why are we selling animal free sausages? So glad you asked! Here are just a few reasons:
care about the planet - Bunnings has an official position that indicates the company also cares for the Environment: “Sustainability is important to us because fundamentally, it's the right thing to do and customers and our team members expect it.”
If this is the case, Bunnings should be promoting the sale of veggie sausages at its stores – Why?
Although conserving water at home is important, it represents just a tiny portion of the actual water needed to sustain us. A 2004 Melbourne University study concluded that, 'water use through food consumption is 90% of a household's water use' See the chart posted below for a comparison of water use per day.
The food items in a typical shopping basket in Victoria have travelled a total of 70,803km to reach your table, which is almost the equivalent of travelling twice around the circumference of the earth. This is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions that are causing global climate change.
Raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, trains, ships, and planes in the world combined.
Over 50% of global human-caused greenhouse gases can be attributed to livestock and their by-products.
Australia's livestock will produce substantially more warming over the next 20 years than all of our coal fired power stations put together.
A June 2010 report by the United Nations identified animal agriculture and food consumption as one of the most significant drivers of environmental pressures and climate change, stating that 'a substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a worldwide diet change away from animal products.’
Grazing takes up nearly 60% of the Australian continent. Clearing of forests and bush land for grazing and animal industries has resulted in habitat loss throughout Australia, which is the major cause of wildlife becoming threatened, endangered or extinct.
The number of animal species in Australia is declining at a higher rate than any other country except the USA and the biggest contributing factor is land clearing for animal pasture.
We grow enough edible grain to provide 50% more than is required for every person in the world, yet 27,000 children under the age of 5 die of poverty and starvation every day. Much of this edible grain is used to feed animals for meat, dairy and egg production.
If you factor in the amount of grain needed to produce meat, a single hectare of land can produce 29 times more food in the form of vegetables than in the form of chicken meat, 73 times more than pork and 78 times more than beef.
*source: Vegetarian Network Victoria, 2010, Eating up the World: the Environmental Consequences of Human Food Choices, 3rd Reprint September 2010.
We care for people. Animal (meat) sausages have been scientifically proven to be as carcinogenic as cigarettes. We're not going to sell you a cancer stick to raise money for our charity.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified processed meat as a carcinogen, something that causes cancer. And it has classified red meat as a probable carcinogen, something that probably causes cancer. IARC is the cancer agency of the World Health Organization.
Processed meat includes hot dogs, ham, bacon, sausage, and some deli meats. It refers to meat that has been treated in some way to preserve or flavour it. Processes include salting, curing, fermenting, and smoking. Red meat includes beef, pork, lamb, and goat.
Twenty-two experts from 10 countries reviewed more than 800 studies to reach their conclusions.
Conversely, vegetarian sausages are cholesterol free (as cholesterol is only found in animal products), high in fibre, vitamins and minerals and low in saturated fat.
Pretty clearly we also care for animals. Little Oak Sanctuary is a multi award winning registered Charity. We are home to a number of farmed animals who, alongside others of their kind, are the most abused, neglected and exploited animals to have ever walked the earth.
Farmed animals are not protected under the same legislations that protect domestic animals, and it is entirely legal and indeed standard practice to mutilate farmed animals (including cutting off their tails, cutting notches out of their ears, cutting off beaks and toes) without any anaesthetic.
These animals are all individuals, able to feel love, joy, pain, fear – just like the dogs and cats we share our homes and lives with. We are able to empathise with domestic animals as we are able to form relationships with them and come to know them as individuals – in reality all animals are individuals it is just that we don’t get the chance to meet and know farmed animals and as such they remain faceless nameless masses – and it is much easier to cause farm to those we don’t directly empathise with.
Every year in Australia we slaughter 520-620 million animals. This is not necessary to be happy and healthy, we are able to get all we need from plants – as such, we slaughter these sentient beings purely to satisfy our taste buds.
These animals are killed well before their natural lifespan has been reached, most whilst still babies – chickens bred for their meat at only 5 weeks, turkeys at 18 weeks, hens in the egg industry at 18 months (male chicks in the egg industry are ground up alive the day they hatch), male dairy calves, 1-5 days old, lambs 6-8 months, pigs 5-6 months, cows raised for their meat 18 months.
We hope the you are able to appreciate that especially for a charity whose purpose it is to raise awareness of these issues, and that provides sanctuary for animals who have endured some of the worst things that humanity inflicts on other beings, the idea of selling animal corpses to raise funds is not only extremely distasteful but inappropriate.