As UK Sausage Week looms, from 28th October to 3rd November, meat butchers, manufacturers, retailers and trade associations across the UK are preparing to celebrate “Everything Sausage-tastic“.

Yet, to dedicate a week of celebrating an innocent animal’s unnecessary pain and suffering is far beyond our comprehension. And this is why…

Many undercover investigations into pig farming have revealed horrific conditions of animal suffering. Raising and slaughtering pigs for food is an unspeakably cruel and disturbing process.

Pigs are kept in shockingly disgusting indoor and crowded conditions. Overcrowding often leads to disease, infections abscesses and deformities, meaning they get sick and require drugs and medication.

Small piglets’ tails are cut off without anaesthetic or pain relief. Gentle sows are forcibly impregnated, whilst held in a metal rack and whilst pregnant, forced to live in metal cages so small they have no room to move. Once they’re too exhausted to repeatedly give birth any longer, they’re sent to slaughter as they’re no longer seen as commercially viable.

Pigs are highly intelligent, affectionate and maternal animals. Piglets are taken away from their grieving mothers so early that it causes digestive issues, making them sick. Their fate; to be driven on trucks in cramped conditions, often for miles and miles, in sheer terror, only to be slaughtered for the sake of pure greed.

Aside from being unnecessarily cruel, animal meat sausages are unimaginably disgusting. Ingredients used to create a sausage often include blood, guts, organs, snout, ears and cheeks… Ketchup or mustard with that fact?

Veganism has exploded on to the shelves of all major supermarkets over the past couple of years. Plant based foods continue to evolve, and these kinder alternatives are becoming so similar to the taste and texture of their animal-based counterparts, most meat-eaters wouldn’t even notice the difference.

So, why choose an unspeakably cruel and unethical (not to mention planet-destroying option) when we can choose kindness, without having to sacrificing money, quality or taste?

There really are no excuses left so mash up some potatoes or get those buns at the ready and prepare to celebrate UK Sausage Week with these mouthwatering, juicy and delicious VEGAN sausages!

Marinated Smoky Maple Bacon by Tofurky

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No Pork Sausoyges by Marks and Spencer

 No Pork Sausoyges by Marks and Spencer

Cumberland Shroomdogs by Sainsbury’s Love Your Veg 

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Meat-Free Lincolnshire Style Sausages by V-Bites

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Outrageously Succulent Sausages by Linda McCartney

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Meat Free Sausages by The Meatless Farm Co

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Vegan Breakfast Sausage by Heck

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Varied Vegan Sausages by Gosh!

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Spicy Chorizo Sausages by Veg In Vegan

Vegan Cumberland Sausages by Quorn

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Visit Viva! to find out more about their campaigns around pig farming. Visit Happyfields Animal Sanctuary to see how pigs should be living out their lives.