Have we just stepped back a few days to April 1st? I’ve just read a story in the Guardian which staggers belief. And as a Remainer (Remoaner) it has made me wonder whether the E.U. is intent on pissing off a load of people who probably by a large majority would prefer Brexit wasn’t happening. I am talking of the E.U’s idiotic plan to ban the use of words like ‘sausage’ and ‘burger’ from veggie product descriptions. Even as I write, I am wondering whether this is actually some sort of delayed April Fool’s joke. Surely, the E.U. has better things to do than worry whether people might wander into a butcher’s and ask for a veggie sausage? Do they have such a low regard for the average European’s intelligence? And why should the word sausage be used exclusively to describe a meat product anyway? Exactly which limb of an animal does a sausage form? Which part of an animal is a burger? These are merely words which describe a form of packaging or shaping. What next – no more veggie lasagne or shepherd’s pies? Shouldn’t such a stupid rule apply to any product which traditionally contained meat?
It is sometimes argued that veggies shouldn’t want to eat something that apes the form of meat. I suspect this line of thinking says more about the vulnerabilities of carnivores than it does about some meat hankering on the part of veggies. Carnivores now it seems are a dying breed (pun intended) and the meat lobby is clearly behind this nonsense even if the E.U. denies it.
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