A few weeks ago we made a post regarding a new butcher shop that will be opening soon in Fountain Square. This shop’s page posts callous pictures of dead animal body parts then has the audacity to refer to them as ‘beautiful animals’ and speak about how ‘respectful’ it is to eat their bodies. The obvious hypocrisy and insulting nature of these claims was our gripe – but some people criticized our stance.
Overwhelmingly, those that commented on our post in support of this shop had two things to say:
1) The business in question is a small business, and we should encourage them even though their very business is contrary to our organization’s mission, and
2) That the animals slaughtered for sale at this shop are raised humanely and we should be grateful that someone cares enough about animals to give them a good life before slaughter.
To address point one, I will say simply this – no business is immune to criticism just by virtue of being a small business. It’s true that small businesses are the backbone of this community, and within the vegan community you’ll often find this is an attitude we generally support – most restaurants where vegan food is served are small and locally owned, and we often buy products from small stores that donate portions of their proceeds to animal rights causes. We love supporting small businesses, and we want ones who truly care about animals to thrive.