Publisher Bans Pigs and Sausage From Kids Books: ‘It’s just ludicrous. It is just a joke’

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 at 7:38 am

As many in the world defiantly stand with Charlie Hebdo in the wake of last week’s terrorism in France, one UK publisher has decided to self-censor so as to not offend anyone by showing pigs and sausages in children’s books.

How absurd.

Schoolbook authors have been told not to write about sausages or pigs for fear of causing offence.

Guidance from leading educational publisher the Oxford University Press prohibits authors from including anything that could be perceived as pork-related in their books. 

The bizarre clampdown, apparently aimed at avoiding offence among Jews and Muslims, emerged yesterday during a discussion about free speech on Radio 4’s Today programme.

It was immediately branded ‘nonsensical political correctness’.

Presenter Jim Naughtie – whose writer wife Eleanor Updale is in talks with Oxford University Press (OUP) over an educational book series – said: ‘I’ve got a letter here that was sent out by OUP to an author doing something for young people.

‘Among the things prohibited in the text that was commissioned by OUP was the following: Pigs plus sausages, or anything else which could be perceived as pork.

‘Now, if a respectable publisher, tied to an academic institution, is saying you’ve got to write a book in which you cannot mention pigs because some people might be offended, it’s just ludicrous. It is just a joke.’

Muslim Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said: ‘I absolutely agree. That’s absolute utter nonsense. And when people go too far, that brings the whole discussion into disrepute.’

Indeed, it does, but political correctness and fear now dominates eveything. Ironically these same people act as our moral and intellectual superiors while they’re the cowards and idiots.

But last night the publishing rules were ridiculed amid doubts either Muslims or Jews would be offended by mention of farm animals in a children’s book.

Tory MP Philip Davies said: ‘How on earth can anyone find the word “pig” or “pork” offensive?

‘No word is offensive. It is the context in which it is used that is offensive.’

He added: ‘On the one hand you have politicians and the great and the good falling over each other to say how much they believe in freedom of speech and on the other hand they are presiding over people being unable to use and write words that are completely inoffensive. 

‘We have got to get a grip on this nonsensical political correctness. 

Good luck with that.


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11 Responses to “Publisher Bans Pigs and Sausage From Kids Books: ‘It’s just ludicrous. It is just a joke’”

  1. Crabtree on 14/14/15 at 9:05 am

    “The bizarre clampdown, apparently aimed at avoiding offence among Jews and Muslims, emerged yesterday during a discussion about free speech on Radio 4’s Today programme.”

    I somehow doubt they care all that much about offending Jews.

  2. Someone on 14/14/15 at 9:43 am

    They seem to miss the point of insulting the everyone else with their senseless PC recommendations.

    Its simply an insult to anyone remaining with a functioning brain.

  3. bb on 14/14/15 at 9:45 am

    Brits love their sausage and pork, too. Jews dont demand to be treated differently. So all this BS for a tiny minority.

  4. Alan O on 14/14/15 at 10:22 am

    Unfortunately, the very topic of this article fairly well demonstrates the U.K. is ‘swirling down the drain to oblivion’ even as we speak.

  5. Corona on 14/14/15 at 10:30 am

    If they come after Peppa Pig they’ll have to pry it away from my cold dead hands. I love that cartoon.

  6. Joe Y on 14/14/15 at 12:19 pm

    Insult Jews? Yeah, right. For centuries, Jews have managed not to go homicidally berserk after reading “The Three Little Pigs” or “Winnie the Pooh.” Do Europeans ALWAYS have to blame everything on the Jews? Are they simply incapable of doing otherwise?

  7. STW on 14/14/15 at 1:17 pm

    Someone better tell them that dogs are impure to Moslems too while rabbits are not kosher.

    That just took care of Lassie and Peter Rabbit. So much literature to ban. So little time.


    It’ll be interesting to see what happens when someone realizes Wendy flies to Neverland in a night dress not a burka.

  8. Chippy on 14/14/15 at 3:24 pm

    This is rich: Orwell’s Animal Farm is out. Truly, all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

    Or more specifically, “the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

  9. Moshe Ben Avram on 15/15/15 at 9:24 am

    As a Jew why would a non-Jew assume I would get angry at the mention of the word “pig” or “pork”? Without asking me, that’s an assumption that they know what I like or don’t like, which is pure crap. Nobody can speak for me but me. To assume otherwise just makes an ass out of the assumer, which if they are afraid to put those words in a childrens book, are probably ass’s to begin with.