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emjjj emjjj NSW Posts: 16
1 9 Feb 2010
hahaha...kangatarians.  lol : http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/good-living/kangatarians-jump-the-divide/2010/02/08/1265477561439.html

also, how the hell do you "crave meat" after being a vegetarian? that's like saying "man, i hate eating brussel sprouts, but sometimes i crave them!"
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ChloeMB ChloeMB VIC Posts: 560
2 9 Feb 2010
Bah  that  link  didn't  work!
But  anyways  I'm  sure  people  could  crave  meat  after  going  vego  -  though  it  sounds gross.
Its  the  classic  diet  thing  -  as  soon  as  you  take  something  away  you  want  it  more.
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pitterpatter pitterpatter QLD Posts: 376
3 9 Feb 2010
"Uh oh, bit.ly couldn't find a link for the bit.ly URL you clicked.

Maybe one of the pufferfish ate it, or maybe there are some extra characters on the end of the URL."

Haha.  Pufferfish.

Also, I can understand having cravings for meat I guess.  Although I had nightmares about eating chicken burgers when I started :p.  But no matter your cravings if you're doing it for the animals you shouldn't eat meat...
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Etranger Etranger ACT Posts: 53
4 9 Feb 2010
Is this yet another one of those "I'll be a vegetarian as long as I can eat meat" things. That really makes me tear my hair out (seriously, I'm bald). It's like these people can't read a dictionary; Vegetarian: one who abstains from meat. Are they so lacking in self esteem that they have to leech of the cachet of calling themselves vegetarian without making any personal changes
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pitterpatter pitterpatter QLD Posts: 376
5 9 Feb 2010
http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/good-living/kangatarians-jump-the-divide/2010/02/08/1265477561439.html   Is this what you were talking about?  I'm going to assume so and rant about it anyway...

How the heck do you go from believing it's wrong to kill animals just so you can have something "yummy" (and that's up for debate) to eat to thinking it's fine so long as they lead a good life?!

"Vine's kangatarian lifestyle choice has rubbed off on her friends, with many of them now eating kangaroo regularly."

How could they let their beliefs be so easily compromised? sad

"There's a new semi-vegetarian wave emerging in Australia: people who exclude all meat except kangaroo on environmental, ecological and humanitarian grounds. They call themselves kangatarians and are slowly growing in numbers."

Um.  There's no such thing as semi-vegetarian last time I checked...
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Etranger Etranger ACT Posts: 53
6 9 Feb 2010
pitterpatter said:
"There's a new semi-vegetarian wave emerging in Australia: people who exclude all meat except kangaroo on environmental, ecological and humanitarian grounds. They call themselves kangatarians and are slowly growing in numbers."

Um.  There's no such thing as semi-vegetarian last time I checked...
Flexitarian is the popularized term, I don't know if it has made it into the dictionary yet. It's just a bloated way of saying omnivore, which is the standard diet.

It's odd, isn't it, that while we are ridiculed for being vegetarians, there are so many people who so desperately want to be like us that the claim to be "semi-vegetarians"

That link just shows me a blank page, if I were the paranoid type I would think someone was trying to hide it from us (and I am the paranoid type). Any one else have the same problem?
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pitterpatter pitterpatter QLD Posts: 376
7 9 Feb 2010
Hey I copied the text seeing as the internet is conspiring against us:

"There's a new semi-vegetarian wave emerging in Australia: people who exclude all meat except kangaroo on environmental, ecological and humanitarian grounds. They call themselves kangatarians and are slowly growing in numbers.

Samantha Vine, 32, classifies herself as a kangatarian, making the choice to only eat kangaroo meat after years of being a vegetarian.

She made the decision 10 years ago while studying ecology at the University of Sydney. Her lecturer was a kangaroo meat advocate and introduced her to eating a meat he claimed was better for the environment than bred livestock.

''It's not worth the pleasure of eating meat if it hasn't been treated well, I don't want to be part of that,'' Vine says.

''To eat something that's killed humanely, that's better for the environment, is a positive.''

The low level of greenhouse gas emissions produced by kangaroos, and the fact they require no additional feed, water or land cleared for them, make them an obvious choice for the ecologically conscious.

A lecturer in natural resource management at the University of Sydney, Peter Ampt, believes many environmentally aware Australians are turning to kangaroo meat because they see it, essentially, as living a natural life.

Ampt says it is the ultimate in free-range, organic meat.

''The animals dies instantly, without the knowledge of what's going to happen and there are no drugs used in its production,'' Ampt says.

Kangaroo is often described as the animal of choice for those who exclusively eat organic meat.

A project officer at the University of Sydney, Sarah Doornbos, says she has made an educated decision to make a good percentage of the organic meat she eats kangaroo.

''In the Australian environment, I feel it's the thing to do,'' she says. ''They are less destructive on the land than something like cattle.''

The industry has struggled with misconceptions about the meat since 1993, when it became legal to sell for human consumption in NSW. There is still a belief kangaroo is farmed, for example, which is not true. There is no shortage of cut choices with strip loin, rump, diced kangaroo, tail, shanks, racks, mince and sausages.

The kanga banga, or kangaroo sausage, is becoming a favourite on barbecues according to the owner of Sam the Butcher, Sam Diasino.

Diasino sold out of his signature sausages - spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and tomatoes - in the lead-up to Australia Day.

''We've had a growth in types of meat that have a bit of stigma attached to them, ones which people are curious about,'' he says. ''Kangaroo is a very healthy meat and we place a huge healthy slant on the way we sell it.''

Vine's kangatarian lifestyle choice has rubbed off on her friends, with many of them now eating kangaroo regularly.

''Once I started I couldn't get enough,'' she says.

''After being vegetarian for so long, after a certain amount of time I craved some meat.''

She still has to explain to people what a kangatarian is but a rise in awareness of organic meats might soon make it a little easier."
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DialMforMoo DialMforMoo VIC Posts: 7
8 9 Feb 2010
not as bad as vego's who eat fish and say if they don't they'll get 'sick'
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emjjj emjjj NSW Posts: 16
9 9 Feb 2010
Etranger said:
pitterpatter said:
"There's a new semi-vegetarian wave emerging in Australia: people who exclude all meat except kangaroo on environmental, ecological and humanitarian grounds. They call themselves kangatarians and are slowly growing in numbers."

Um.  There's no such thing as semi-vegetarian last time I checked...
Flexitarian is the popularized term, I don't know if it has made it into the dictionary yet. It's just a bloated way of saying omnivore, which is the standard diet.

It's odd, isn't it, that while we are ridiculed for being vegetarians, there are so many people who so desperately want to be like us that the claim to be "semi-vegetarians"

That link just shows me a blank page, if I were the paranoid type I would think someone was trying to hide it from us (and I am the paranoid type). Any one else have the same problem?
haha sorry about the internet-fail.  i changed the link.  you were right pitterpatter, that is the article.

also, Etranger, i lol at your incredibly accurate comment there
Etranger said:
It's odd, isn't it, that while we are ridiculed for being vegetarians, there are so many people who so desperately want to be like us that the claim to be "semi-vegetarians"
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Aweso_ me Aweso_ me VIC Posts: 280
10 9 Feb 2010
um thats good but not as good
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