French vegans demand ‘Sausage Street’ in Dordogne village be renamed

An animal rights charity in France is demanding that the mayor of a medieval village in the Dordogne change the name of 'Rue de la Saucisse' to a more vegan-friendly name. And the mayor said "pigs can fly".

French vegans demand 'Sausage Street' in Dordogne village be renamed
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For some, saucisse (or sausage) is as integral a part of French cuisine as baguettes, cheese and red wine. 
But animal rights' charity PETA, which has its headquarters in the US, believes not only that the meaty food should be banned from menus but that it should also be banned from road names. 
The association wants 'Rue de la Saucisse' (Sausage Street) in the small medieval village of Issigeac in the Dordogne to be renamed 'Rue de la Soycisse' after the vegan ingredient 'soy'. 
At the end of November the charity sent a letter to the mayor of Issigeac Jean-Claude Castagner, officially asking him to change the name of the alley.

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The goal is to encourage “mentalities in France to evolve with regards to compassion for animals and a vegan way of life,” the association said.
And if the request is accepted, the association proposes to offer “a selection of the best vegan sausages to the residents of the street in question”.
At first the mayor of Issigeac, which has 750 residents, thought the whole thing was a joke. 
“At first, I really believed it was a gag,” Castagner told Le Parisien. “But after checking, I realized that it was an official step.”
But in the land of foie gras and tete de veau (calf's head), it doesn't look like PETA is about to get its way, with the mayor so far refusing to rename the alley. 
“It's nonsense and it's out of the question for me to do it!” he said.
The request seems particularly bizarre to one of the village's residents — and the only person who lives on Rue de la Saucisse — because, he says, the name is not actually a reference to meat. 
In fact, the word 'saucisse' was a colloquial term for a female villager at the beginning of the 20th century, he said, due to the fact that they were often “stooped over” in a way that resembled the curve of a sausage. 

Member comments

  1. The ignorance of these PETA people is astounding. They rarely, if ever, check on the historical contents of names before screaming for it to be changed. The village of Wool in Dorset is another recent example perceived by the ignorant to be anti-sheep. Apart from the fact that shearing sheep does no harm and some good, the village name harks back to the old spelling of “well” not unlike saucisse referring to stooped women.

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France’s mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo

A black panther rescued from rooftops near the northern city of Lille last week has been stolen from the zoo where it was taken after capture, officials said.

France's mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo
Photo: AFP/ Sapeurs Pompiers du Nord

The feline was seized overnight from the zoo in Maubeuge near the Belgian border, the city's mayor, Arnaud Decagny, told AFP on Tuesday.

“This animal was the only target,” Decagny said, adding that “considerable efforts” were made to force locks and avoid security systems.

Zoo personnel are worried about the young panther's health, “which is rather delicate because he lacks strength,” the mayor added, saying the animal was just a few months old and weighed between 25 and 30kg.

The panther after its capture. Photo League Protectrice des Animaux de la Nord de France/AFP

The panther was going to be transferred to a centre specialised in rehabilitating wild animals that had been domesticated.

Firefighters caught the cat last Wednesday as it roamed rooftops in Armentieres after escaping through the window of a private apartment believed to have been its home.

The panther's owner is thought to have escaped through the same window, for fear of being charged with illegally harbouring a wild animal.

Police have not located the fugitive owner, who could face charges of endangering the public, which is punishable by up to a year in prison and €15,000 in fines, Decagny said.