He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich

I’ve just been checking the web stats for the site and I’ve discovered that there are a few people all the way down there in Oz and NZ who are visiting the site. G’day mates ! Expat Scousers maybe ?

Here’s a few Australian news items that our friends down under may have read:

From Taste.com.au »

No-one likes a veggo

Vegetarians feel like social outcasts and are discriminated against by meat-eaters, a new poll has shown.

They complain of being excluded from social gatherings because of their eating habits and struggling to get adequate meals when dining out.

The strong role of meat in the Australian diet, and the influential meat and livestock industry, are being blamed for this anti-vegetarian phenomenon.

A survey by the online restaurant booking service menulog.com.au found more than a third of people with special dietary needs felt isolated from society.

Most of the 642 participants were vegetarian or vegan, but others were people with food allergies and religious requirements such as kosher or halal.

Some admitted their friends refused to dine with them or did not invite them to meals because of their restricted eating habits.

Unaccommodating restaurant staff and the popularity of meat-based eating plans, such as the CSIRO and Atkins diets, have exacerbated the issue, vegetarians say.

The Australian Vegetarian Society has made formal complaints about Meat and Livestock Australia’s advertising campaigns, which feature actor Sam Neill proclaiming the benefits of eating meat.

The advertisements commonly attribute increased brain size and physical vitality to meat consumption.

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Eliza Twaddell wrote an article in the Sydney Morning Herald:

No bones about it, I’ve been vegetarian since conception
Eliza Twaddell
May 1, 2007

I AM A vegetarian. Before you say anything, let me answer all of your questions. Trust me, it will save everyone a lot of time.

I am a vegetarian because I believe that it is wrong to eat animals. My mum and brother are also vegetarian but my dad eats meat.

No, I have never eaten meat. No, I am not kidding. I have been a vegetarian since birth. I am 21 years old.

No, to the best of my knowledge I have never accidentally eaten meat. No, I don’t wish that I ate meat. Yes, if I was in a aeroplane crash and had been starving in the jungle for three weeks and there was no possibility of imminent rescue I would eat meat to survive.

Any more questions? No? I didn’t think so. I know this because I have had this conversation with so many people over the past 21 years that it is an easy one to predict. The thing that gets me is I can’t understand why anyone wants to eat meat.

It is a total mystery to me. Every day I seem to discover a new reason not to.

Seriously, just think about it for a second. I am sure it really does taste great, everyone keeps telling me, but think about all the reasons not to.

Eating meat is bad for the environment. It is irrefutable; meat eaters are responsible for more greenhouse gases than vegetarians, not to mention land clearing, bird flu and mad cow disease.

Raw meat is disgusting, so is cooked meat a lot of the time. Surely even non-vegetarians would have to agree with that.

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Related Links:
Australian Vegetarian Society
The New Zealand Vegetarian Society

Bonus: Jukebox video: Men At Work – Down Under.
Still sounding as good over 20 years on.

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