In last week's “Letters,” we attributed a letter praising CityBeat to the wrong writer. “Better than the Reader” was written by Robert Marcos of Sherman Heights, not Steve Johnson of Clairemont. We apologize to both men.
Vegan: the smart path
This is in support of the letter from Betty Gillis criticizing the new restaurant El Take It Easy's inclusion of rabbit on its menu [“Mmm… minced kitten,” June 16], with the following addition: While Ms. Gillis emphasized companion animals, the ethical norm should apply to all animals and animal products. Most recently, we have heard about the tons of African “bushmeat” (monkeys, chimpanzees, etc.) that has been sold for human consumption in Europe and Asia. The struggle to save whales goes on, while the “harvesting” of millions of tons of fish and seafood results in tons more of dead dolphins, turtles and other sea creatures.
Between mercury, plastic debris and other toxic materials introduced by man into the oceans, we are gradually poisoning the planet, ourselves and our children with our insatiable appetite for animal products. Get smart, go vegan!
Judith Abeles, Normal Heights
In reply to Betty Gillis' letter of June 16, in which she calls for a boycott of El Take It Easy on the grounds that cooking rabbit is wrong due to its companion-ability and is, furthermore, a diabolical gateway to eating kittens, parrots and seals: Most domestic meat animals are great companions, as they have been bred for 10,000 years to be not only delicious but also pleasant contributors to a homestead.
Ms. Gillis, one presumes, would have us instead only eat animals that are ill-tempered (sea bass?) or, more likely, raised by faceless industrial corporations in factories where no human can interact with the animals (or see the abuses perpetrated upon them). This is the kind of “meat production” that leads to E. Coli outbreaks, “superbugs,” swine flu, downer cows and the tragic abuse of both animals and human workers. If Ms. Gillis' boycott is successful, she will be hurting local farmers who treat their animals and workers well, and she will be advancing the interests of corporate meat factories such as Cargill and Tyson. (I recommend the movie Food, Inc. as a starting point for Ms. Gillis to see what she is advocating.)
Meanwhile, rabbit, which is traditionally eaten throughout Europe, is delicious, easy to raise and a great source of wholesome meat in areas like ours where pasture is not abundant.
Jay Porter, Owner, El Take It Easy
Well done, CityBeat
Your June 16 issue was chock full of irony.
The editorial on Lorie Zapf and the teetering path of the Democrats was a hefty dose of truth, oddly juxtaposed with Betty Gillis' foggy and misguided letter to the editor, in which she favors cute little bunnies over “food” animals. The word for that is speciesism, and it is rooted in ignorance. From darkness to light comes Candice Woo's fantastic highlight of meatless Mexican eateries, which brings me to my favorite CityBeat writer, D.A. Kolodenko (not just 'cause he's a fellow herbivorous OBecian). Kolodenko's painfully hilarious commentary on political ignorance and the changing character of O.B. hit home, but I am among many remaining faithful that O.B. will retain its liberal vein and indie flair. CityBeat is vital in keeping that force alive and for that I'm grateful.
And while I'm at it, a long overdue thanks to Kolodenko for his columns years back on Starbucks and Thanksgiving turkey slaughter, two of my absolute favorites. Bottom line, this conservative military town is damn lucky to have a paper as diverse and honest as CityBeat.
Elyssa Paige, Ocean Beach