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.
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..."
HOW DARE YOU ?