Because there are always people in this world who want to spoil the fun for the rest of us, PETA Australia has petitioned the mayor of a Tasmanian municipality to change the name of Eggs and Bacon Bay to something more veggie-friendly. Their suggestion: turn Eggs and Bacon Bay into Apple and Cherry Bay. PETA wrote to the local government council on Tuesday, urging them to consider changing the name of Eggs and Bacon Bay to something more animal-friendly, recommending Apple and Cherry Bay in honor of the area's ties to horticulture. The group went on to assert that the bay's name encouraged unhealthy eating habits, and that it would be better for everyone if the government went with a name that was good, healthy, and vegan instead.
"Considering the high levels of cholesterol and saturated fat in both eggs and bacon, the area may as well be called 'Heart Attack Bay,'" says Ashley Fruno, PETA Australia's associate director of campaigns.
But just like a vegan breakfast sandwich, locals found the idea repulsive. Ian Paul, Huon Valley deputy Mayor, told The Guardian, "I think the world has gone mad, I just can't barely believe it." Neither can most Egg and Bacon Bay residents, who are baffled by the controversy surrounding an erstwhile benign breakfast food from with which the town shares its whimsical name.
But the funniest part of the Bacon and Egg Bay blowup is that the region isn't even named after the breakfast food staples. Wayne Smith, an expert on Tasmanian nomenclature, told the Australian Broadcasting Company that Eggs and Bacon Bay is named after a variety of yellow and red wildflower. Their name? Bacon-and-egg wildflowers. Hear that, PETA? It's already named after a plant.
This isn't the first time that PETA has sought name changes in their push for people to go vegan. They asked English golfer Andrew "Beef" Johnston to change his nickname to "Tofu" in April of this year. He politely declined. PETA also asked the Green Bay Packers—whose name is a nod to the canned meat factory that founded the team—to change their name to the "Green Bay Six-Packers." The team also politely declined.
As for the fate of Eggs and Bacon Bay, locals caution that PETA shouldn't be putting in too many orders for new signage quite yet. Most residents aren't in favor of the change, and more than few are pretty openly hostile toward it. Doug, who spoke with the ABC, put it thusly: "These single-interest groups ought to go overseas and annoy the shit out of ISIS."