Where do these whinging fools think pork sausages come from, sausage trees?

The wowsers are out bullying private companies again, this time over a social media picture of a pig.

Kiwi sausage company Bangerritos has come under fire over an Instagram post featuring a pig in happier times, which followers deemed “disgusting”.

However, the company has denied the image is in poor taste – and says people should know more about where their meat comes from.

The post features an image of a pig named Harold bathing in mud with a promotion for the company’s latest batch of sausages below it.

“Harold (pictured) is no longer with us. However, a lot of free-range, fresh Pork Bangerritos are now available,” the post read, alongside instructions on stockists.

Instagram users called the post “morbid” “disgusting” and an “epic fail“.

“Is this a joke?” wrote one. “This is a foul and disgusting post,” said another.

It’s funny. Harold has gone to a better place…people’s grumbling stomachs. I certainly don’t think it is an epic fail, I think this is marketing genius…Bangerritos will likely get global coverage now. Well done wowsers.

Bangerritos responded to the negative comments, saying animal welfare was extremely important to their business.

“Only a tiny fraction of pork sausages in NZ are free-range. Animal welfare is incredibly important to us and we’re proud to use free-range pork shoulder, even though it costs us an arm and a leg. We believe happy pigs make for happy sausages.”

Bangerritos stated they never intended to cause offence and that using free-range pork was “the right thing to do”.

“Our aim was certainly not to offend anyone – our intentions are pure. We’re passionate about doing the right thing and using the best quality ingredients.

“We use NZ free-range pork and will continue to do so. Not just because it tastes better, but because it’s the right thing to do.”

Speaking to the Herald, Bangerritos Founder and CEO Ben Polkinghorne shared his surprise with the negative responses the image received.

“To be honest I’m slightly surprised at the attention it’s received,” he said.

“We have gone to great lengths to ensure every single ingredient that goes into our award-winning sausages is of the highest quality. This extends to our free-range pork.”

When asked if the post was a joke Polkinghorne responded that it was “somewhere in between”.

“The post was to let people know Bangerritos were back in-store and to raise awareness of us using only the highest quality free-range pork. The photo in question is from our free-range pork supplier – the only liberty I took was in naming the pig.”

As for “Harold’s” current situation, Polkinghorne claimed he doesn’t know “for certain” if Harold is deceased, or if he is continuing out the rest of his days in the mud.

FFS, we breed pigs to eat them…and this one is now sausages.

Where do these muppets who are complaining think sausages come from? The sausage tree?

The only thing Bangerritos did wrong was apologise to these bullying tossers, most of whom are probably vegans.

I can’t stand bullying like this. I will be going out of my way to buy these products from now on. Let’s hope they stop caving into social media bullies, who probably don’t buy their products anyway.

I’m also going to plan another hunting trip to get a couple of porkers…I will name one of them Harold and post it all over my social media accounts. The only difference will be I won’t be apologising.


-NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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