A small village in rural France has found itself in the crosshairs of animal rights group PETA, demanding that a street in the medieval town be renamed to something more ‘vegan friendly’.
PETA wants the town of Issigeac in Dordogne – a province famous for duck confit and foie gras – to change the street name from ‘Rue de la Saucisse,’ which translates to ‘Sausage Street’ in English.
The group has officially requested that the town’s mayor steps in and renames it ‘Rue de la Soycisse’ after soy, a common ingredient in vegan meals.
Unfortunately for PETA, the request has already been poo-pooed by Mayor of Issigeac Jean-Claude Castagner. Castagner told Le Parisien that he initially thought the letter from PETA had been sent as a “gag”, but “after checking, I realized that it was an official [request].”
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“It’s nonsense and it’s out of the question for me to do it!” Castagner added.
Elma Laporte, the one person who lives on the 15 metre lane, said that PETA are “completely out of place” with their request.
“The sausage has nothing to do with pork. This is the nickname that the villagers gave to one of [the townsfolk] at the beginning of the 20th century… Her name was Suzanne Tessier and the elders say that she loved this nickname [Saucisse]. So, why this step today?”
It is understood that the woman was nicknamed ‘saucisse’ due to her “stooped over” appearance - similar to how a sausage bends.'
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