Category Archive: Obituaries
Here are all the SuperVegan blog posts categorized under Obituaries.
In last Saturday’s Daily Mail, journalist Tom Rawstorne wrote of his sickening experience dipping a toe into the bloody pool of slaughter chic. His story is a part of the BBC series “Kill It, Cook It, Eat It” which shows animals being slaughtered in “an attempt to question modern Britain’s relationship with the food we eat–to reconnect people with the animals that fill the shrink-wrapped packets of meat they buy in the supermarket.”
Rawstorne details the journey from choosing his lamb (who he named “Faw-Faw”), watching him being killed, and then finding himself (nearly) unable to eat the spoils, his stomach wretching. Maybe this has put Rawstorne on a more humane path–or perhaps he’ll prefer to remain ignorant of where his lunch comes from next time.
PETA’s statement on the death of Anna Nicole Smith, “a long-time vegetarian who had slimmed down into a stunning beauty when she stopped eating meat,” might have elicited a few snorts. The fantastic news is that vegetarians can now rejoice that certain “substances” are PETA-approved! And while many perky veg-evangelicals are happy to point out their clear skin, healthy hair, and high energy, a slurred “Like my body?” might now be added to the mix.
To be fair, the death of Anna Nicole Smith, who participated in campaigns against Iams animal tests and fur, is sad news. Like Jayne Mansfield, another chihuahua-toting tragic blonde, she leaves a small child behind, Dannielynn Hope. Let’s hope that Dannielynn, like Jayne Mansfield’s daughter, Mariska Hargitay, grows up to form a niche for herself, perhaps even starring in Law & Order: Hovercraft.
I’m saddened and surprised to learn that 41-year-old Virgil Butler was found dead on Friday, December 15.
A former Tyson Foods slaughterhouse employee of nearly 10 years in rural Arkansas, Mr. Butler became an advocate for chickens in 2003, after growing frustrated at the rampant gratutious cruelty occuring around him. He worked closely with PETA to call for prosecution of those responsible, including speaking out at a news conference, recording a video, going undercover to videotape inside the plant, and writing a comprehensive statement detailing the sadistic cruelty he witnessed at the Tyson plant.
You can read more about Virgil Butler’s work for animals on the blog kept by he and his wife, Laura Alexander: The Cyber Activist.
Virgil and Laura were also interviewed in the February 2006 issue of Satya magazine. There you can read about how Virgil became a whistleblower and how he and Laura came to give sanctuary to chickens and other animals.
The New York Times reports on the death of Juliet, a Central Park carriage horse. It mostly reads as a tragic tale of a screwed up situation; Juliet’s “owner” seems to have done his best for her, given his circumstances.
This would be a good moment to check out the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, and perhaps sign their petition to ban the carriage horse industry in New York City.
It will be a great day when this cruel relic of tourist amusement is gone for good.
One surprising fact from the Times article: the cash value of a carriage horse is only $1,700. Maybe we can just buy them all up and put the industry out of business.
Off to the big bucket in the sky
Dr. Robert C. Baker, the man who brought America such classics as chicken nuggets, ground poultry and turkey ham, died of a heart attack on March 13th at the surprisingly ripe age of 84. Paul and Storm have marked Dr. Baker’s passing with a humorous musical eulogy. Wizbang Pop! and Reveries online magazine also offer their two-cents.