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Thank You Wyomissing Family Restaurant For NO MORE FUR SALES

 

imageFor decades, the Wyomissing Family Restaurant has supported the fur industry by allowing Pollack Furs, a local fur shop, to have trunk shows in their banquet hall. A trunk show is a sales event for showing merchandise to any number of select customers. They often use huge discounts like 25%, 50% or 75% off to bring in more people, which creates larger sales volume. Larger sales volume in the fur and animal skin trade is no bueno. Each time the Wyomissing Family Restaurant allowed the Pollacks a platform to make their blood money, the restaurant was in turn making a bold statement that they too supported this egregious industry. An offense we did not take lightly.

imageWhen we first found out about their relationship with the Pollacks, we contacted the restaurant immediately and respectfully let the owners know that we were extremely disappointed to hear that they were supporting the fur industry. Their response was typical. “It’s just a business deal, it doesn’t mean we personally support it”. A totally bogus response to which we let them know had no backing. We reminded them that every time they allowed the Pollacks to sell fur from their establishment, they were 100% supporting the fur trade. No question about it. It was their choice.

imageIf the Pollacks were selling the fur of cats and the skin of dogs, surely the Wyomissing Family Restaurant would oppose. Everyone in the town would be outraged. Why? Because in this speciesist society we live in, cats and dogs are family, cows and pigs are food, and mink and raccoons are to be brutally killed and worn for no damn reason whatsoever. We know that’s bogus because it just doesn’t make sense. All species have equal rights to life, compassion, respect, and protection. It’s a just matter of us stepping up, speaking out, and replacing peoples misconceptions with the truth.

imageTradition and deals in long standing community businesses are hard to break and so the Pollacks continued their fur shows in the banquet hall of the Wyomissing Family Restaurant. We began protesting immediately. Compassionate people from our community (and beyond) were outraged that a “family” restaurant would support something so violent. We protested in a variety of ways for almost three years, giving people the opportunity to speak out against fur. We held signs, we yelled, we called, and we e-mailed. We let the truth be known that when you eat at the Wyomissing Family Restaurant you are in turn also contributing to the fur industry. And really, who wants to support a business who helps keep fur in demand and millions of innocent animals brutally killed annually?

imageJust before the first of this year, Hamid Chaudhry became the restaurants new owner. New ownership brought new opportunity. After a few calls and requests from patrons that he end his restaurants relationship with fur dealers, he has finally made the compassionate commitment to no longer have his restaurant support or be connected to the fur industry. The partnership between the Pollacks and the restaurant had expired and it was not going to be renewed.

imageThe Wyomissing Family Restaurant finally taking a stand against the fur industry is a small step, but a step nonetheless. A step towards the overall goal of becoming more compassionate for all species. We know more now, we know better now, and we know that the fur industry nightmare has got to end. This is a step in the right direction.

imageIt is HUGELY important we applaud businesses who make these compassionate changes and remind them that these changes are indeed positive ones. We ask that you take a moment and leave a post on the Wyomissing Family Restaurant’s Facebook page, or e-mail, applauding them for this compassionate commitment to leave fur sales out of their establishment. FINALLY!

Wyomissing Family Restaurant::

EMAIL:: email@wyomissingrestaurant.com

FACEBOOK:: https://www.facebook.com/WyomissingFamilyRestaurant/

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Duck, Duck, PUKE!

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For the past three years the West Reading Tavern, located in West Reading PA, has hosted it’s annual Duck, Duck, Beer! event. “Come end duck season with a bang!” the Tavern exclaims. This event marks a celebration for duck hunters at the closing out of duck hunting season. The Tavern states that the event is a “special tribute to the Woodward family and Dun Wurkyn.” You are probably wondering: who the hell is the Woodward family? What the hell is a Dun Wurkyn? And what do the two have to do with celebrating duck hunting? The West Reading Tavern is owned by the Woodward family. Dun Wurkyn was the name of their families hunting lodge in the 1950’s, which they later named their Tavern’s house beer after. “The Official Hunter’s Beer” they claim. Put it all together and you have an annual event where celebrating the needless, violent deaths of sentient beings is turned into a party.

imageLoaded with live music, ice carvings, a dress up contest and a full duck themed menu ducked out to the nines. Normally this charade only lasts two days, but this year the West Reading Tavern extended it’s Duck, Duck, Beer! event to a four day murder party. And to be clear, I do not use the word murder lightly. While the laws may allow the killing of gentle animals, that does not change the fact that the killing is premeditated and practiced. That the animals are tricked, have their lives abruptly stolen from them and the killer feels excitement before, during and after the act. To shoot and kill another against their will is beyond abuse. It is cold blooded murder and for those of us who know killing another is wrong, regardless of species, that is a serious offense. We can’t take that lightly.

Last year we were protesting against the sales of foie gras sold at a local French restaurant, Papillon (who is now out of business). An older gentleman and a younger gentleman crossed the street over to where we were. The younger man had a huge smile on his face, let’s keep this confidential and call him Clark. Clark kept walking until he was about 5″ from a protesters face. He told us his father and he were the owners of the West Reading Tavern. Clark remained in the protesters face while talking about how our call in protest last year inspired them to have an even longer Duck, Duck, Beer! event this year. He kept repeating that there was nothing we could do about it because it’s such a popular event in our town. He handed their duck themed menu to the protester telling them to take it. The protester smiled and said “no thank you, I’m not interested”. Clark let menu fall to the ground and walked away, continuing to say there was nothing we could do about their duck hunting celebration. “And there’s nothing you can do about!” echoed over and over again as they walked across the street and back inside their Tavern.

imageLast year we found out about the Tavern’s event too late to pull together an on site protest. This year we were ready, and with the extra incentive of the owners threats that “there was nothing we could do about it”, we planned a huge protest. Unfortunately, or fortunately, mother nature had her own revenge in the form of a blizzard that resulted in multiple feet of drifted snow. While the Tavern claimed to remain open during the storm and have “booming duck sales”, as stated on their Facebook, we very much beg to differ. Especially since every local weather update made it clear over and over again that people needed to stay off the roads.

The bottom line is this. To extend such a despicable event speaks volumes of their establishment’s morals. But what can you expect from a family that has killed animals for fun for generations? When our local shops in our towns support and defend blatant animal abuse, we have a responsibility to speak on behalf of the victims whose voices aren’t being heard. After all, if the Tavern was hosting a four day long celebration of dog fighters with a dog meat themed menu, the town would be outraged. People would be calling from around the globe. Why? That’s where the problem lays. Why is this event not only celebrated but defended by so many in our community? We hear over and over again “how dare you pick on a small, family owned business!” What kind of twilight zone are we living in where hurting animals is cool, fun and highly defended? Why are people taking the side of the tormentors instead of the victims?

imageIt’s because we grow up ill informed on virtually every aspect of other species we share this planet with. We’re told to separate the animals we “love” from the animals we choose to eat and we let outrageous laws depict which species we can viciously hunt down without question. This is speciesism. In the words of the great Alice Walker, “The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” Other animals are not here for us to hunt, eat, drink, wear or experiment on. Nor are they here to amuse us. They are not here for us to exploit or profit from. They are not ours in any way. Saying “I love my dog, he’s family” while shooting ducks and then eating their bodies reveals a major disconnect. How can you possibly justify loving one species while turning your back to the mass suffering of other species who are just as deserving of our compassion, respect and protection? Just like racism and sexism, speciesism is just as harmful, offensive and unacceptable as we continue to grow into more compassionate and conscience communities.

imageHunting down gentle and kind animals should in no way be celebrated. Hunting is repulsive and devastating to wildlife. Less than 5 percent of the U.S. population (13.7 million people) hunts, yet hunting is permitted in many wildlife refuges, national forests, state parks and on other public land. And while you’ll hear people talk about it being an over population problem, the truth remains that it’s about blood hungry, money making. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, around 13.3 million ducks were harvested in the United States during the 2014-2015 waterfowl hunting season. This is down from over 13.7 million ducks harvested the previous season, which is a good sign but also shows how much our voices are needed to speak out against it. Many animals endure prolonged, painful deaths when they are injured but not killed nor collected by hunters. SOUTH DAKOTA GAME, FISH AND PARKS estimates over 3 million ducks and geese are not retrieved every year is the US and Canada alone. These animals die a slow death of starvation, freezing or drowning. Hunting also disrupts migration and destroys families, which is a point that must be made and brought to light because the human species seems to assume that it is the only species that values its friends and family.

Hunting is not about food, it’s not a sport and it’s certainly not a game. It’s murder and violence, there’s no doubt about it. Ducks, like all species are beautiful and unique individuals. They are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers. They are gentle and wise. They are kind and they are not here for us. They are here with us as we all share this beautiful planet together. Want to hunt for fun? Hunt each other. Leave innocent animals out of it.

imageWhen we speak out for one victim, we are speaking on behalf of them all. All who violently and unnecessarily lost their lives. All who are left suffering. We are speaking on behalf of the families that were torn apart and we are speaking on behalf of all those whose tragic fate still awaits them at the hands of human arrogance. Please reach out to the West Reading Tavern and invite others to do the same. Respectfully ask they end this senseless event. Send letters, post comments or call. Even if your voice shakes, please speak up for these animals; and always remember who we are speaking for. We have the power to create change, but not until we stand up and use our voice. We are no better, no smarter and in no way more deserving of respect, kindness and freedom. Let us not forget, we are ALL animals.

Phone:: 610-376-9232
Address:: 606 Penn Ave West Reading, PA 19611
Twitter:: https://twitter.com/WRTWestReading
Facebook:: https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Reading-Tavern/299246126849241

Duck hunting sabotaging 101, from American Hunt Saboteurs::
Water fowl seasons, for some reason, are my favorite. In the reeds with a case of shells and some friends, firing away like it’s WW2—what could be more American? The primary goal here is to fire when the birds are still out of range and to convince the flock to seek another place to land. There are sabs that use a boat for this type of action. I like the ability to change my location and fire from many different vantage points without being spotted. 4-6 people in groups of 2 will spread you out even more. Most states require you be able to shoot no more than 3 shells at a time from a shot gun (preferred weapon of duck hunters). There is a plug that is sold with new shot gun; otherwise you will need to purchase one. It must be installed in the gun if you are in the field. This is usually covered in a hunter education course. Use only steel shot if you plan to engage in this type of sabbing. There’s no reason to pollute the water with any more lead. Other possible options include: Laser pointers to cause the birds to fly away or higher. Aim for the lead bird. Mirrors may also work. Predator-shaped kites have been used outside of hunting areas before. According to some they may work.

For more info on how to sabotage hunters and protect wildlife check out::
http://americanhuntsabs.org/

Action & Arrest: The Ephrata Pig Chase

 

Tuesday night, September the 22nd, I was arrested for disorderly conduct. I tried to hop a fence that was surrounding a baseball field of the 97th annual Ephrata fair pig chase.  A “family fun tradition,” says Stephanie Smith,  a secretary of the fair. I miscalculated my jump and fell face first onto the field. There were hundreds in the crowd and they roared with laughter. But let me start at the beginning.

About a month ago I was with my mother while she was getting her hair done. She and her hair dresser were talking about this and that, and somehow animal rights issues came up. She asked if we knew who to contact about getting a pig chase canceled and fast as lightning I raised my hand and passionately declared “ME!” I told her about the work we do as Animal Action of Greater Reading, a few of our campaigns and our latest fair protest stories. She said the Ephrata fair, which I later learned is the largest street fair in all of Pennsylvania, had a yearly animal chase – rooster and pig.

She said that last year was so horrible that a pig ended up getting it’s back broken. I was mortified and somehow surprised to hear about something like that happening so close to home, when in reality I should have known better. I told her I would get on top of it immediately.

I did some digging, looked at videos and photos from years past (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcUzY_9K9m4). It was awful. The squeal of the pigs covered in grease, dirt and cuts, and the rooster running for it’s life was beyond appalling. I couldn’t begin to imagine what it would be like to be in that situation. Looking for safety but it never comes. It was incredibly clear that this annual, cruel “tradition” had to go. When I scanned the fair’s schedule for the chasing events, I saw that the rooster chase had been canceled for  this upcoming year. Their website stated “CANCELED due to avian flu.” BIRD FLU. Hey Ephrata fair here’s an idea, when our supposed community building events for children are abusive to animals and run the risk of bird flu contamination, we should be coming up with new ideas.

I was watching a news video on last years chase (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcUzY_9K9m4) and saw a man called “hog boss”, A.K.A. Paul Zimmerman. While I was disturbed with what I was seeing and hearing there was a glimmer of hope when I heard hog boss say “every year I think it’s enough now, but then you see faces of the kids and say ‘one more year.'” I thought this would be a great time to call him and see if we could have a civil conversation about what fun activity could replace this outdated, animal chasing tradition. Unsurprisingly that was not the case. From the moment I asked “Are you open to discussing some other fun options that could end the animal chases?” he became extremely defensive and did the whole “I’m a speciesist and couldn’t care less about the animals” thing. He kept saying things that were incomprehensible to me like “how do you know pigs smart?” and “how do you know they’re being hurt?” I told him I didn’t have to been there to know it was harmful and wrong. He started to get louder speaking over me but I cut him off immediately. I let him know he was being totally unprofessional and that I would not stop calling until I could speak to someone who was professional and have a open and calm conversation about evolving this event. He hung up.

I then decided to create an event urging people to RESPECTFULLY call the hog boss and fair office asking them to end all animal chasing events indefinitely. That in the year, 2015, this type of exploitation forced against innocent beings will no longer be tolerated by our community. Within a few hours of people calling the hog boss, his extension line magically disappeared. He was no longer reachable. We continued to urge people to call and email the fairs office. We also asked that people leave comments and reviews on the Ephrata fairs Facebook, again, respectfully asking that they end these chases. Within a few hours their Facebook had magically been shut down too. We then asked people to reach out to the fair’s sponsors, which was listed on the fair’s website, but just like hog bosses phone number and the fairs Facebook page, the sponsor list was gone. This went on for a few weeks up until the fair.

As the craziness continued it was clear that they wouldn’t be ending this years chase. I knew I needed to witness this first hand, but not alone. I asked a few activist friends if they were available to attend, but because it was last minute, only my good friend Crystal was available. We went there with the intention to get as much video footage as possible so we could use it to show sponsors of the fair, animal rights groups, local AND countrywide people that the horrors occurring during animal chases are completely needless, harmful, unacceptable and must end.

When we arrived there were hundreds of people surrounding the field. It completely freaked me out that SO many people were not only supporting this, but that they were all beaming with delight. There was a thick and uncomfortable energy that filled the field and spilt out over everyone. Their solidarity in loving this violence was infuriating. Everyone was so amped up. We decided to split up so we could get as many different angles of the chase as possible. Before I even began to record there was a cop that came up behind me. (NOW, the police reported that they “warned” me not to do anything, but that is NOT the case.) He said “Can I speak with you for a moment?” and I said “sure!”, with my phone up and recording his face immediately. (ALWAYS RECORD EVERYTHING.) He told me “I really appreciate you staying peaceful tonight.” I said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He repeated himself. I walked away and found a good spot to stand. He
followed close behind. The announcer of the chase went over the rules of the event, one of which was “no metal spikes allowed” and something ridiculous like “be gentle with the animal.” Total mind fuck.

The first age group, 5-8 years of age, ran onto the field and stood behind the line. Then three men with big red boards went over to the pigs pens. I couldn’t see how many pigs where there but it had to be around 4 or 5 tops. The men made a small opening in the crate and urged one pig out. The pigs obviously did not want to come out, and when they did, they just wanted to run away to safety. The red boards were used to keep the pig confined so they should shuffle him onto the middle of the field. Once at center field the red boards were lifted and a beautiful little pig covered in grease fat was exposed. Huge clumps of it melted all over his face and body. His tall was cut and I think it’s safe to assume his teeth were cut off as well, as that is standard “hog raising” protocol. This tiny pig was adorable, precious and I wanted nothing more than to grab him and keep him safe. He walked a little and sniffed where he had been placed. Within seconds, a whistle was blown and dozens of screaming children took off after him. As soon as the pig felt them coming, he ran in a confused panic and the children and crowd went wild. People screaming, laughing and applauding. Making bacon references, and shouting things like “DUMB PIG!” Very quickly a mob of children jumped onto the pig, grabbing and pulling at him. He shrieked out in total terror. Once the pig was pinned down by one child, a man instructed how to grab and hold onto the pig to carry them back to his pen for the win. Each “winner” received a trophy. I felt like I had the wind knocked out of me. I could barley stand. I had never seen anything like this in person before. I was mortified, I was in shock and my heart was in my throat. Everyone who was watching pointed and laughed at the pig’s distress and fear. I couldn’t even begin to comprehend any of what I was seeing or hearing. EVERY chase had a pig screaming so loudly you could hear it over everyone’s yelling, cheering and laughter; and even now as I write this almost a week later tears run down my face because I can feel it just as strongly as when I was there.

It only got worse with each passing event. Each different age category became not only more intense, but also more difficult to keep filming. A few pigs managed to escape under the fence but were drug back in. You could tell the same few pigs were being used over and over again because when they were brought out, they were filthy from being plummeted to the ground previously. I saw how each time the same pig was brought out they became more defeated with each whistle blow. Towards the end they gave up from exhaustion and stayed in place. Each pig screamed for help and safety, but no one helped and no one saved them – only roaring applause and laughter from the enormous crowd surrounding them. I was so sickened by this I could barely stand. The ignorance was like a drug in the air and the crowd seemed to became more intoxicated with each round. Everyone was so worked up and excited watching these animals be terrorized. It was one of the most violent and
barbaric events I have ever had the displeasure of seeing in my life and I will never forget.

The chases kept going until they reached the “16 and up” girls. I was shocked to see there were mostly ADULT women in this chase. They released a larger, older pig and I was mortified to see adult women participating in this violence. It was brutal. I was shaking inside and when they were announcing the “16 and up” men’s chase to come onto the field I couldn’t take it anymore. It was awful to see the young children acting in this way but when adults proudly marched onto field I was once again in total disbelief. The guys were ready to go at the starting line. By now most people knew who we were and the men started yelling arrogantly “FILM THIS”. As they brought the pig out, I could no longer be still. I could no longer be silent.

I told Crystal I had to do something. Being the amazing activist she is, she told me she’d follow my lead. I said “I have to jump over this fence and say something… on the count of three”. So we counted and I tried to jump the fence but I ended up falling face forward and hit the ground. The audience went WILD. Cheering, laughing, booing, yelling comments like “I love bacon” and “get her”… I didn’t care. I stood up. I spoke from my heart and I screamed because there was no time to be quiet. I screamed because I had been traumatized by what I saw and I couldn’t take it anymore. The cops tried to make it over the fence but it took them a minute. They finally made it over, grabbed me, cuffed me and took me out. I heard, “you’re a communist,” and, “I’m eating more bacon now!” as the police walked me to their car. Crystal and I both started screaming chants “ONE STRUGGLE, ONE FIGHT. HUMAN FREEDOM, ANIMAL RIGHTS!” Everyone went nuts.

Crystal recorded the whole thing and was assaulted by an older man (white, mid 50’s, white hair and beard, 6′-6’2″, around 300lbs wearing a navy blue sweater). He came up behind her and started pushing and elbowing her in the back. There was a female cop right next to her who did nothing and that’s a really serious issue. They watched hours of people tormenting animals and did nothing. They heard pigs screaming and humans laughing at them; and they did nothing. They heard Crystal screaming she was being harassed, and they did nothing. One person steps in to the ring to say ENOUGH to the violence and they get dragged off to the station? We need to start questioning laws that keep the innocent oppressed and the tormentors free and wild.

You could hear Crystal yelling “You would never do this to a cat, or to a dog,” and someone yelled back “We would if it was legal!” These are the people who think this event doesn’t hurt animals. These are the people who laugh as an animal is being abused. These are the people who applaud when a sentient being is shrieking from panic. These are the people who think this is a “family fun” event and these are the ONLY people who defend it.

It was dark by this time and all I could see were the flashing blue lights of the cop car coming to take me away. I kept telling the police that they were arresting the wrong person. “How could you watch that violence for hours and do nothing, until someone stood up and spoke out against it?” Crystal and I continued screaming chants as they put me into the back of their car. As soon as we drove away, I started sobbing. I was so emotionally distraught from all I had seen. I kept asking the cop if he understood our cause and his reply was textbook, “When I’m in his uniform, I have no option.” He told me there were better ways than breaking the law to get our point across. I told him there was no way I could watch another second with out doing something. We pulled into the station and I was brought out of the car and escorted inside. I was still sobbing and I told the police that I was not crying because I was scared, or intimidated by them. I told them I was crying because I couldn’t get the pigs screaming and everyone’s laughter out of my head. I was in total disbelief. They booked me, took my mugshot, finger prints and let me go. The whole process was an hour or less.

I believe that there’s a time to be quite, listen and ask; and there’s a time to stay respectful but get loud and start demanding. So that’s what we did. We demanded people see that this is wrong and that we won’t be silent about it. We demand that these violent, needless events end immediately. Not just in Ephrata PA, but anywhere animal chases are occurring. Whether a cat or a dog, a pig, a rooster or human; we need to be the reminder that we are ALL animals and ALL of our lives matter. We are no more deserving of respect, compassion and protection than any other species.

WE create the change we want to see, but not until we rise up and use our voices. Please use your voice today and help make sure this event is canceled indefinitely. Call and email the Ephrata fair and ask that they end all animals chasing events. Let us make sure the violence forced upon these animals, and ALL animals previous, was not in vain.

“We must always take a side. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel

Please contact the Ephrata fair and respectfully ask they end their animal chasing events indefinitely.

PHONE:: (717) 733-4451
EMAIL:: fair@ephratafair.org

Need help ending an animal chase in your area? Contact Defend_animals_always@yahoo.com.

PLEASE CHECK LINK BELOW FOR FULL NEWS ARTICLE AND OUR VIDEOS OF THE ARREST AND PIG CHASE::
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/police-arrest-animal-rights-activist-who-disrupts-pig-chase-at/article_656f1616-61f2-11e5-ba06-8f9bde3ef007.html

Some search engine screen shots from the day after the event:

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Eating animals to help animals? We can do better.

Thoughts on the Animal Rescue League of Berks County‘s Ham Dinner fundraiser by one of our members.

happy_campers_206891It strikes a painful nerve when local animal-helping organizations raise money through activities that involve animal suffering, like a ham dinner or a burger festival.

When I see ham on a plate, I see the trail of suffering that began with the birth of the piglet. It follows his short life of confinement, and ends in his fear and slaughter at about 6 months old. It’s taken me a long time to face what I knew was going on and make lifestyle changes to avoid this sanctioned violence.

Not everyone is there yet. But people who work with dogs and cats understand the love of animals and that they can suffer. They just don’t always connect it to animals considered livestock — or maybe they feel the fight against such as massive and powerful industry is futile.

01_14_7---Pot-Bellied-Pig_webMore than once, animal lovers who still eat meat have confided to me, “I know you are right — I just can’t do it.” This means something to me — people are seeing and feeling injustice and moving in the right direction. After all, they could be snickering at my chickpea salad and baiting me with nonsense about protein. And they aren’t.

When you see animal abuse as a social justice issue, you see the full range, from Michael Vick to the suffering on factory farms. But many organizations working to help pets don’t address the same range.

It’s the old argument of animal rights vs. animal welfare. The two movements have much in common — they both say they love animals and give large amounts of time and money to help animals in need. And I think we share more than we don’t share. An example of this is the recent change in factory farming standards Nestlé enacted after Mercy for Animal’s investigation.

Forest-3If we aren’t yet at the point of creating fundraisers without animals as food, how about offering a vegan alternative at every event? A local restaurant, Chen in West Reading, makes an excellent smoky vegetarian ham that is featured in many of its dishes. Veggie hotdogs and burgers are available in almost every grocery store and are much healthier than their animal-based alternatives. I’d be very excited to see this and would tell my larger-than-you-think vegan community.

Would some animal activists be turned off to see and smell meat cooking? Yes. Would some give it a chance? Yes. I believe someday that humans will stop eating sentient beings and will find it strange to imagine a time when animals were raised to be killed. Maybe just maybe we are moving in that direction.

Food for ThoughtIf you feel the same, please contact the Animal Rescue League and encourage them to visit Food for Thought for suggestions on creating fundraisers than are friendly to ALL animal species. Please politely encourage truly cruelty-free, vegan options, void of any animal products. We realize the ARL and other groups are doing the best they can to help the animals in our area with limited resources, and therefore need to have successful fundraisers.

Judd Meinhart, Shelter Director
jmeinhart@berksarl.org
610-373-8830 ext. 121

Ashley Mikulsky, Director of Administration and Development
amikulsky@berksarl.org
610-373-8830 ext. 117

We do not yet have contact information for the Board of Directors, but you can access their names and affiliations here.

Find sample letters here.

UPDATE: Victory! Dans at Green Hills Removes Foie Gras from Menu

Effective immediately, Dans at Green Hills is no longer serving Foie Gras!

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Our members are continuously searching for vegan dining options in the area, and sometimes that search takes a bad turn. Dans at Green Hills, a “fine dining” restaurant, happily states, “Additional daily vegetarian entrees available,” on their website.

But if you look further, the entrees read like an animal cruelty line-up: Veal, duck, lamb, and Foie Gras.

Foie Gras means “fatty liver” in French. Most people would be disgusted to eat an animal’s diseased organ, but Foie Gras is exactly that. Ducks are force-fed more than they would ever eat alone, through a large metal tube shoved down their throat until their livers become diseased. At the time of slaughter, the organ will be almost ten times its normal size.

Obviously this type of cruelty is not acceptable in our county, or anywhere. Please take some time to (politely) call or write the restaurant to express your disgust.

Phone:
610-777-9611

Address:
Dans at Green Hills
2444 Morgantown Road
Reading, Pennsylvania 19607

To learn more about the torture involved in serving this “food,” please visit the following links:

StopForceFeeding.com
Foie Gras Farms