An open letter to Arby's across America from a vegan

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An Open Letter to Arby's Across America from a Vegan

An Open Letter to Arby's Across America from a Vegan
(A response to An Open Letter From Arby's to Vegetarians Across America)

I 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.

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.

Bacon: salted strips of a tortured pig's flesh

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.

Bacon shouldn't have to come from a pig

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,,, or for educational materials and lifestyle transition support. Find us on Facebook. You can even message me at 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.
Marla Rose

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