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The Blog I Didn't Want To Write

By Louie b. Free on 09:47, 10/27/13
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If I  REALLY didn't want to write this one..why am I?

I've had SO many emails,calls and messages, that I feel that I must respond, briefly, publicly and here.

On and off the show, i invite all animal welfare, rescuers , shelters, walkers,runners, protectors,  saviours and healers to promote their organizations and events with me, or, for the unavailable or shy, I'll promote them..solo, and  promote their events , hourly/daily, on the show.
But,
I never thought I'd hit a wall , until earlier this month, when i received an email asking me to promote an event.
I printed out the flyer and, pulled it off of the printer and packed it with the other announcements for the following day.
As I prepared to read it, I noticed two words  that stopped me: OX ROAST.
I've promoted a lot of events for animal welfare who's menu is, certainly, not for me, but I try to focus on their greater good. This time was different.  For a  a group  to attempt to attract supporters to an event by PROUDLY roasting an animal to raise funds to SAVE the lives and welfare OF different animals was WAY too much for my sensibilities.

Most Americans  are horrified by certain cultures who's cuisine include dishes cooked with dog or cat flesh. I can imagine the uproar if an wildlife sanctuary was doing a fundraiser that was serving Boshintang (보신탕; 補身湯), or Gaejangguk (개장국, -醬-)  a Korean soup that includes dog meat as its primary ingredient.

Certainly regular listeners, agree with me or not, will know that I agonized over this one.
I KNOW these organizations and I KNOW they do GREAT work...for dogs, so I certainly didn't want to criticize them. I certainly want them to be able to raise funds, albeit, not this way.
So, I chose to stay quiet. Last Monday on the show, AFTER the event, the calls, texts and emails became too much for me to continue my silence. I received one that said: "...explain yourself, Mr Free, how dare you promote _______ and _______ and refuse to promote our fundraiser? .....You call yourself an animal lover...what kind of animal lover are you who picks and chooses which group you'll support on your _____ show?...Are you getting laid or something from them..." That was some of the nicer things said.
I BRIEFLY addressed my reasoning last week on the show. I had hoped that would end it, but the nastiness has continued.

I wouldn't have written this if the nasty attacks had stopped, but they haven't.

Another email said : "Louie how DARE you call yourself an animal lover..."

I respond:

HOW DARE YOU ?

Comments


Posted by lbf () on October 27, 2013 at 9:49 p.m.

Dr Melanie Joy's/ "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows" Carnism site:
http://carnism.org/

her Facebook site:
https://www.facebook.com/WhyWeLoveDogs


Posted by questionreality (anonymous) on October 28, 2013 at 10:36 a.m.

"Whose ox" was it? :-')


Posted by peggygurney (anonymous) on October 28, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.

GOOD for you Louie, I applaud you for taking your stance. I had to do the same thing this past week.

One of the dog rescues was/is (I don't know if it's been done or not yet) doing a fundraiser for the dogs by showing clips of horse races and you bet on the horse.

Uh, I'm sorry, but how is that right?? IMO, horse and dog racing is animal cruelty. So why would I even consider helping raise money to rescue dogs by betting on a horse - even if it is just a vidoe clip!

It made no sense to me, and still does not.


Posted by lbf () on October 28, 2013 at 11:25 a.m.

Peggy b.

thank you, and YOU ARE Right-ON!!!!
Abuse is ABUSE.


Posted by Roger_Thornhill (anonymous) on October 28, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.

People should feel positive about supporting whatever animal group they want to support.

Some groups around here are great, some are good, and some I would not support.

It is up to me to pick the ones I like. And it is up to you to pick the ones you like. They are not all equal.


Posted by questionreality (anonymous) on October 28, 2013 at 6:46 p.m.

We live in a world where freezers and grocery stores foster the illusion that life sustains itself without taking other life. Ask any soybean farmer about his struggle and methods used to protect the crops from deer in order to provide for the vegans of the world. Best put by this guy:

“For us hunting wasn’t a sport. It was a way to be intimate with nature, that intimacy providing us with wild unprocessed food free from pesticides and hormones and with the bonus of having been produced without the addition of great quantities of fossil fuel. In addition, hunting provided us with an ever scarcer relationship in a world of cities, factory farms, and agribusiness, direct responsibility for taking the lives that sustained us. Lives that even vegans indirectly take as the growing and harvesting of organic produce kills deer, birds, snakes, rodents, and insects. We lived close to the animals we ate. We knew their habits and that knowledge deepened our thanks to them and the land that made them.”
― Ted Kerasote, Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog


Posted by lbf () on October 30, 2013 at 8:13 a.m.

QA/K2,
glad you like Ted
and thanks for reading the blog and commenting. ..not certain as to your vegan references re this piece, but again, thanks for reading...and listening


Posted by questionreality (anonymous) on November 1, 2013 at 1:59 p.m.

"not certain as to your vegan references re this piece"

Try more brainfood...then you'll b sure.


Posted by laurelthevoice (anonymous) on November 2, 2013 at 9:14 p.m.

Louie, you were entirely correct in what you did by staying quiet. You simply were trying not to harm the fund raising event. Continue to do the wonderful job you are doing at the Vindicator and throughout the community.


Posted by lbf () on November 7, 2013 at 1:14 p.m.

--the Voice,
thank you
LbF