SF Weekly Letters

Squawking About Live Chicken Sales
So beaking wrong: I'm the person organizing protests of the live poultry vendors at the U.N. Plaza farmers' market ("Fowl Play," Chris Roberts, Sucka Free City, 8/4).

The fact that I'm vegan was featured in the Web headline only for sensationalism. It isn't relevant to the problems there, other than that my awareness of factory-farmed animal abuse helped motivate me to action. It also arms me with a useful understanding of agribusiness, politics, and social attitudes toward "food" animals.

The vendor [Tina Young] falsely claims that we harass customers. We always conduct ourselves peacefully and legally, which is why law enforcement allows us to continue. We sometimes follow customers, but only to record their violations of laws, which we then report to city officials.

These vendors and market management flagrantly continue to violate animal cruelty laws, public health laws, their permit's rules regarding animal welfare and public health, federal food stamp program rules, and Muni/BART rules. They add to the burden of animal rescue and rehabilitation organizations, including Animal Care and Control. They and market manager Christine Adams are smug in their knowledge that, for the most part, city officials continue to turn a blind eye.

The city's Real Estate Division manages the other markets, and wisely prohibits live animal sales. Our taxpayer dollars are paying most of their expenses at the market and — at least until food stamp officials intervened — their profits from USDA-prohibited food stamp acceptance. San Francisco should not support or subsidize businesses engaging in unlawful and unethical activities.

Please visit www.lgbtcompassion.org/livemarkets for more information.

Andrew Zollman

San Francisco

Mind your own beeswax (or vegan alternative): This is just another example of a "progressive activist" with a pet cause harassing fellow citizens who profess and live by different values than his own.

Part of what makes a city great is tolerance for people with whom you have serious disagreements, or even have moral repugnance for. Let folks buy and prepare their food as they wish — it's not hurting the vegan crusader.

Icarus12

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Animal Cruelty Letters, Part 2
Having a cow: In case you missed it, the UC Davis veterinarian, Ben Norman, after referring to the errant pregnant cow as a "nutjob" and "mean," ordered the cops to shoot the cow, which was being herded by some idiot in an SUV ["Hoof-in-Mouth Disease," Peter Jamison, Sucka Free City, 8/4]. They did so: 11 body shots, killing both the cow and unborn calf, with the approval of State Fair officials.

There may well have been "nutjobs" present, but the cow assuredly was not one of them. Some would call it murder. Shame on all concerned. "Birthing" exhibits at fairs should be banned outright — they border upon animal pornography. Pregnant farm animals about to deliver need quiet and solitude, not the carnival atmosphere of a fair. Perhaps some guilt-laden Republican legislator will introduce the needed legislation next session.

Eric Mills

Coordinator, Action for Animals

Oakland

Some Papers Are in Order
There's more than one column: I haven't seen a better analysis of the travesty that is playing out in Arizona ["Arizona and America Join Joe Arpaio in Rushing to Inquire: Are Your Papers in Order?" Michael Lacey, Web exclusive, 7/28]. I agree, there is a tendency (nationally, not just in Arizona) to clump all brown-skinned folk into the "illegals" column.

On an elemental level, I think these [anti-immigration] people don't accept or understand that Latinos could actually be Americans — they are all "Mexicans," or whatever. From that perspective, profiling people like Daniel Magos and others may be invaluable in educating the country. You're never going to change the racists, but you have a good shot at influencing the rest.

Thanks again for the great writing.

Sam

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Correction
In last week's Sucka Free City story "Fowl Play," we incorrectly stated that the members of the family that owns Raymond Young Live Poultry obtained a 20-foot stay-away order against Andrew Zollman. The Youngs sought a restraining order against another animal-rights activist, not Zollman. Records indicate that the judge in that case denied the request without prejudice. SF Weekly regrets the error.

 
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