An Open Letter to Arby's Across America from a Vegan
(A response to An Open Letter From Arby's to Vegetarians Across America)
don't respect you. I don't respect your way of making money and your
very foundational practices. With that in mind, I want to make it
abundantly clear that this letter is not meant to sway or convert you.
I am sharing this to offer my support to those who are currently eating
your violent, body- and planet-destroying "food" and let them know that
there is another way. I am writing this for those who still have hope
for a change, which is pretty much everyone.
Twenty years ago, I embarked on a journey away from consuming flesh,
animal products and supporting the industries that needlessly harm,
exploit and violate other living beings. Yes, I have heard your insipid
tagline: We Have The Meats®. I have also heard the taglines from your
competitors. Night and day, whether we want to be or not, we are
surrounded by your flesh peddling, your promotion of bovine secretions,
hen ova, et cetera. It's tough to hear, but it is what it is. You have
many animal corpses and products to sell and you need us to hear about
It is understandable that I and millions of other people like me
disapprove of your flesh-promotion. Our voices are beginning to be
heard. Letters, emails, voicemails, Tweets and Facebook comments - you
will continue to hear from us and from a rising tide of people who are
sick of the violence and destruction. We love animals and the planet
and we realize your way is not for everyone.
I couldn't help but notice that you recently launched yet another
pathetic, predictable repackaging of a tortured animal's corpse with
your new menu item, Brown Sugar Bacon. It's the flesh of a sensitive
animal, probably slaughtered at four months to a year of age, after a
lifetime of frustration, pain and suffering: castration without
anesthesia or follow-up care, as well as ear-notching, tail docking and
teeth-cutting without painkillers. The mothers of those who will become
Arby's newest "meat innovation" are kept in continual cycles of
pregnancy in gestation crates with barely enough room to turn around
and cruelly separated from their newborn piglets until they are
slaughtered themselves. The flesh of these sensitive animals has pepper
added to it somewhere along the process and is then glazed with a brown
sugar sauce that I understand is supposed to make it enticing to
vegetarians (and I presume vegans?) but is instead truly revolting.
Don't flatter yourself, Arby's: It is very, VERY easy to resist and
once anyone understands the reality of the flesh you are peddling,
avoidance is really the only rational response.
The animal and planet-destroying folks at Arby's created this
monstrosity out of slaughtered beings who didn't want to die even after
a short lifetime of staggering suffering. I'd like to help anyone who
wants to opt out of the cycle of violence, destruction and disease that
places like Arby's represent.
There is a ton of support online for those who want to live in
alignment with their values of compassion, justice and mercy. Go to VeganOutreach.org, MercyforAnimals.org, PeacefulPrairie.org, WoodstockSanctuary.org or VeganStreet.com for educational materials and lifestyle transition support. Find us on Facebook. You can even message me at email@example.com
for personal help and I will be here for you. Even if you still like
the taste of meat -- I understand, I certainly wasn't raised vegan or
vegetarian and what we eat can be addictive as well as have deeply
emotional attachments -- I am not here to judge but to help. When I
started as a vegan 20 years ago, it wasn't because I didn't like the
taste of meat, it was because I didn't like not living in harmony with
my values. Eventually, it was not a temptation at all.
No matter how Arby's markets this product as a "Delicious," "Sizzling,"
"Temptation," don't be fooled. Brown Sugar Bacon is the same ol', same
ol' suffering, pain and destruction. You are better than this. You are
not Arby's captives.
You are strong. I am here for you.
2015, Vegan Street