People Are Fuming After A Bunnings Store Announced It Would Host A Vegan Sausage Sizzle
A Bunnings sausage sizzle is a treasured piece of Australian culture that has gone on for many years. The events help raise funds for local community causes and give people a chance to make a difference for years to come.
However, one barbecue planned for next week in Western Australia has raised many eyebrows - after it was announced that vegan sausages would be on offer.
A branch of the hardware store in Rockingham will be trying to get some cash together for Greyhounds Adoption WA on March 19.
But, in a small change to the formula, the team putting on the BBQ will be providing vegan sausages.
Instead of your usual pork, chicken or beef snags, punters in Rockingham will be treated to bean and pea snags, with organisers saying you won't even be able to taste the difference.
The decision has delighted some, but has been derided by others who think it's 'un-Australian'.
One person wrote: "Hopefully this is a one time off, vegan sausages belong in the bin."
Another added: "Forget it...who wants vegan...they shouldn't push this onto customers...offer both and be fair!"
However, a vocal majority supported the organisers for offering something different.
One person on Facebook posted: "It makes sense to not cook animals when you're raising funds to support animals. Good on them, I hope they raise lots of money for the beautiful hounds."
Another person commented: "Well done Bunnings and the greyhound charity. About time vegetarians and vegans can have a snag at Bunnings."
This certainly isn't the first Bunnings sausage sizzle to host an event that didn't include meat.
The Cheltenham Cat Rescue group was raising money at their Victorian Bunnings BBQ in 2017 and switched the regular snags with plant-based ones.
Group founder Natasha Reus said it was a mixed bag when people found out the sausages were vegan, adding: "I think maybe some people were disappointed to come to Bunnings ready to buy a sausage and it's not the traditional fare - some people were a bit angry, we had the odd Oscar winning performance but most people asked questions and many gave them a try."
Despite the backlash, they still managed to make a decent $1,300 from the Mother's Day event.
Bunnings State Operations Manager, Tony Manzone told the Herald Sun: "Since their inception the guidelines have been consistent. Meat sausages, onions and bread. This has not changed.
"However, in recent years, and on a case-by-case basis, we also allow community groups to have a vegan fundraising sausage sizzle if that is their preference, which is supported by appropriate customer signage."
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