Vegans have hit out at Bunnings for hosting a nationwide sausage sizzle to benefit firefighters battling bushfires across the country.
One outraged woman took to social media on Wednesday to criticise the hardware chain’s decision.
“Why oh why are people selling sausages to raise money when it’s known that meat is a contributing factor to climate change?!” she said.
“Which is a contributing factor to these fires?! It honestly baffles my mind and makes me so sad. It’s a heartbreaking cycle.”
The divisive post quickly drew attention, with many readers siding with the woman.
“Just throw some thoughts and prayers and ignore the actual problem,” one person said.
“I agree, to be honest,” a second chimed in.
Others, however, said she was missing the point.
“Sorry what? There is nothing they can do about the sausages already produced but they can sell them to raise funds for fire fighters who are actually facing the real fires happening right now…” one woman wrote.
“Right now, helping those fighting the fires is more dire than fighting the meat industry for climate change.
“Nothing is idea, but bringing climate change into a sausage sizzle to raise money helping those saving the country from the immediate threat - really?” she said.
Four people were killed and numerous homes have been lost as dozens of fires ripped through NSW’s Central Coast over the past week.
Queenslanders have been urged to flee their homes as more than 70 blazes continue to burn in the state’s south.
According to the World Resources Institute, replacing one-third of beef consumption with other meats or legumes could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent by 2050.
Reducing beef consumption by 70 percent could reduce emissions by 35 percent.
A Bunnings spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia the nationwide sausage sizzle will be hosted from 9am to 4pm and funds will benefit “communities impacted by drought and bushfires.”
“Bunnings team members will be getting behind the BBQ with every cent raised going to GIVIT, who assist communities in times of disaster and recovery.
“GIVIT’s national presence aids local communities all over Australia by working closely with charities, community groups and councils to ensure that support is directed where it’s needed most.
“Customers who don’t wish to purchase a sausage can still donate in-store on the day,” the spokesperson said.
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