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You mean there are no endangered species in these sausages ?

As regular readers here all know, the state is not your friend… but sometimes its petty tyrannies and inanities are bloody funny:

The makers of Welsh Dragon Sausages were warned they could face legal action if they did not specify which meat they were using. “I don’t think any of our customers actually believe that we use dragon meat,” said Jon Carthew, of the Black Mountains Smokery at Crickhowell, after receiving a warning letter from trading standards officers.

A quick check and sure enough, these people fail to mention their sausages are not in fact made from dragon meat (which I had assumed was ‘self-smoking’). Hell, I only bought them because I thought they contained the ultimate in ‘endangered species’.

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22 comments to You mean there are no endangered species in these sausages ?

  • Julian Taylor

    “I don’t think anyone would imagine that dragon meat was being used but we would not want vegetarians to buy the sausages believing they were meat-free.”

    I’m not at all sure that anyone would automatically presume that dragon meat is vegetarian, unless of course we assume that dragons like char-grilled vegetables as much as they enjoy the oven-ready tin-wrapped welsh knight meal.

    Perhaps we could respond to such idiocy by presenting a list to the Death To Industry of those products we all feel need clarification; such as why does Spitfire Beer not contain real Spitfires?

  • Andy Dwelly

    I look forward to Cadbury’s Lion Bars being similarly caught out.

  • JT

    What about Monster Munch?

  • Irn Bru already stopped saying “Made in Scotland, from girders” some time ago, there is iron in it though.

  • chuck

    The population of Welsh dragons has been increasing, leading to the Welsh rabbit becoming the endangered Welsh rarebit.

  • RAB

    Yes, well you were expecting me turn up by here wern’t you?
    I have tasted the sausages and they are pretty good.
    We are in instructions on packets of nuts that say-

    May Contain Nuts

    Territory arn’t we.

    I suggest the above slogan May contain Nuts be exibited instead of whatever latin motto this Council glorifies itself under, preferably in a big banner across the front of the town hall.

  • smallwit

    I have just discovered that Johnson’s Baby Powder is not made from real babies, and am seriously disappointed.

  • roy

    Johnson’s got by on a technicality. There’s a difference between “baby powder” and “powdered baby”.

  • veryretired

    I sudder to think what this might mean for Girl Scout cookies.

  • veryretired

    I was going to shudder, but decided to sudder instead. It’s kind of like the hokey pokey, but it’s not what it’s all about.

  • I guess buffalo wings will be the next food item to go (assuming that the US managed to export that delicacy to your shores). Never mind that they were named after the city and not the herd animal.

    Animal crackers, however…

  • Nick M

    Last time I had a Mars bar it was made in England. I’m gonna bloody well sue!

    I actually had a buffalo burger in DC recently. Do they farm bison for meat or was that just the bog-standard European buffalo of the sort that provides milk for mozzarella?

    I’m genuinely confused by this odd American buffalo/bison confusion.

  • smallwit

    As they say in Australia, the difference between a buffalo and a bison is that you can’t wash your hands in a buffalo.

  • guy herbert


    The mozzarella buffalo is the Indian waterbuffalo. Not many of those in Europe outside the Mezzogiorno. But there are some in the US, too, apparently.

    Bison are farmed for meat on both sides of the Atlantic. E.g.

    So it could have been either – but more probably was bison.

  • RAB

    That’s interesting Guy.
    I knew they weren’t bison but Indian water buffalo!
    Well well. We saw a whacking great herd of them as we were driving up from south of Naples to visit Pompeii last year.
    I had a moose burger once. The damn thing was watching me whilst I ate it! I had gone to sunday lunch at a girlfriends house in Harrisburg Pen. Her father was a keen hunter and liked to exibit the things he had killed on the diningroom wall. There were about 15 heads up there. Didn’t put me off though.

  • chuck

    I actually had a buffalo burger in DC recently.

    Buffalo meat (bison) is in the supermarkets where I live. It is a lean meat, so folks are trying to sell it as healthy meat. There are also some moves to introduce bison to the northern plains in the Dakotas because they survive the cold winters so much better than ordinary cattle.

  • Jack Olson

    I don’t know how the insects feel about it, but I was relieved to hear that moth balls are not made from, well, you know…

  • guy herbert

    they survive the cold winters so much better than ordinary cattle

    Must be the fur, if they don’t have much fat. Unless they have central heating on the dragon model. But I guess we would have heard about firebuffalo.

  • Nick M

    Well thanks folks for clearing that up.

    Whatever it was (and I pretty much reckon bison) it was damn tasty.

    On a (vaguely) related note, can anyone shed any light on the Peak District wallabies? I’d heard there was a in Derbyshire but they’d died out. I live in Manchester and I wouldn’t mind going wallaby-hunting (armed only with a camera, obviously – I don’t want to eat them) but I need to know more.

    RAB, please continue with stories of the same elk.

  • RAB

    Will do good sir!
    What would you like first, the one about me seeing the Beatles live, by accident or my dad falling asleep on Henry Kissinger…
    They are both improbable but true.

  • Nick M:

    The candybar company you mentioned has a factory on the outskirts of Chicago. My wee wifey worked there for a while. There is a stop on the commuter train line which serves the factory, and thus the schedules actually specify a travel time from Chicago to Mars.

  • MarkE

    Does this mean I can no longer drink Wichwood’s wonderful “Dogs Bollocks” beer?