No yolk: animal rights group wants Tasmania’s Eggs and Bacon Bay renamed to appease vegans
Animal rights organisation Peta is campaigning to change the name of Tasmania’s Eggs and Bacon Bay to a more vegan-friendly alternative.
On Tuesday the controversial animal rights group wrote to the Huon Valley council, which includes the bay, urging it to rename the area Apple and Cherry bay in honour of the region’s horticulture industry.
The proposal has not been well received by locals, who say that while they are proud of the Huon Valley’s fruit orchards they’re not about to go renaming things.
“I think the world has gone mad, I just can’t barely believe it,” Huon Valley deputy mayor Ian Paul said.
Paul said Peta’s suggestion that the name Eggs and Bacon Bay encouraged poor dietary choices, or even inspired the occasional cooked breakfast, was “ludicrous”.
“Does any normal thinking person really think that?” he said.
“To me, Eggs and Bacon Bay doesn’t mean anything more than a beautiful little beach out the back of Cygnet.”
Tasmania has a number of uncommon place names. There is Nowhere Else, near Cradle Mountain; Ouse and Baghdad in the Derwent Valley; Milkshake Hills, near Smithton in the Northwest; Snug, Bob’s Knobs and Precipitous Bluff in the Huon Valley; and, of course, Eggs and Bacon Bay.
The state has a dual-naming policy that recognises Aboriginal traditional ownership by formally acknowledging names in the pakana kani language, but otherwise does not have a history of reviewing names.
Peta Australia’s associate director of campaigns, Ashley Fruno, said renaming the area would “promote not only local industry but also healthy eating and kindness to animals”.
“Considering the high levels of cholesterol and saturated fat in both eggs and bacon, the area may as well be called ‘Heart Attack Bay’,” she said.
In a letter to the Huon Valley mayor, Peter Coad, Fruno said Tasmania had the highest level of lap-band surgery in Australia, and “reminding residents to stay away from cholesterol- and fat-laden bacon and eggs and instead to eat the fresh plant produce of the Huon Valley might be just what the doctor ordered”.
Eggs and Bacon Bay is a small locality at the mouth of the Huon River, about 60km south of Hobart.
Wayne Smith, a Tasmanian nomenclature expert, told the ABC the bay was actually named not for hot breakfasts but for a type of yellow-and-red wildflower, called eggs and bacon flowers, that grew on its shores.
Paul said he was baffled by Peta’s campaign and intended to vote against it, if it were ever put to council.
“I don’t mind if people want to be vegans or vegetarians or eat a sheep a day, it’s their business,” he said. “But to try and put their way of things like it’s the only way and say we are doing something wrong, I just won’t have that.
“I feel pretty strongly about it. This is our heritage, it is our history.”