Lord be with anyone trying to make a living for themselves and their families in Berkeley, California. Especially if they don’t conform with the insane, ultra-left ideology that bubbles up in the population like so much groundwater. It must be a living nightmare trying to run a business in that area of the country, even if there are plenty of well-to-do rich folks willing to pay double for a product if it comes in trendy packaging.
Such is the plight of The Local Butcher Shop, which has been trying for months to get animal-rights activists off their back. Since it’s not great for business to have these loons out in front of the shop screaming, undressing, and smearing fake blood all over themselves, the butcher shop’s owners had no choice but to negotiate. And that led them to put this sign up in their shop window:
“Attention: Animals’ lives are their right,” says the sign. “Killing them is violent and unjust, no matter how it’s done.”
In an interview with the Associated Foreign Press, co-owner Monica Rocchino said she and her husband Aaron were desperate to find some way out of the ongoing conflict with the activists, who call themselves Direct Action Everywhere (DXE).
“They said they wanted Berkeley to become a meat-free city and they were ready to shut down our business,” said Rocchino. “We asked for actions we could do. And they said they’d think about it, but they kept protesting for 10 weeks. They made our neighbors mad, our neighborhood businesses were losing customers.”
At long last, the group presented the Rocchinos with their demands.
“Either we had to become a vegan butchery or we had to stop giving these classes, or put up a sign saying that animals have rights,” Monica said.
Naturally, they went with the option that made the most sense. Or, to put it more accurately, the one that was the least insane.
“To be threatened and forced to abide by their beliefs just makes me sad,” she told The Guardian. “Their tactics are really extremist. This is ethical extortion.”
Groups that actually care about the humane treatment of animals – a movement that The Local Butcher Shop goes to great lengths to further – think that DXE is working against their own interests. In an interview with the Washington Post, Mimi Stein of Certified Human slammed DXE for their misguided protests.
“DXE is attempting to undermine consumer confidence in products which are, in fact, ethically produced and businesses working in good faith to reinvigorate a very desirable traditional business model,” Stein said. “Shame on DXE!”
Unfortunately, if you have nothing better to do than stand out in front of a butcher shop and smear fake blood all over your naked body, you probably don’t have any “shame” to feel.