SOME SERIOUS CARNIST ANXIETY AT TRADER JOE'S
I'VE BEEN BANNED AT TRADER JOE'S WITHOUT EVER HAVING BEEN TALKED TO BY ANYONE WORKING THERE PREVIOUSLY
For telling a customer that by buying a certain meat product they are paying for the abuse of that animal (and then instantly walking away), I have been banned from ever setting foot in Trader Joe's again. And I was informed that coming in the store in the future would be viewed as trespassing. I have contacted the corporate office and they are contacting the regional manager to discuss further. I was never once talked to by management at Trader Joe's in the past. I never once lingered or harassed a customer after sharing that they were paying for the death of an animal by buying its body parts (self-evident truths). I feel like I'm in the slave holder South and I've been informed that some topics are beyond discussion. Apparently mankind has not evolved much since the caning of Charles Sumner when the whole South supported the beating of a Senator for discussing slavery and sent reinforcement canes to beat other Northerners that dare speak out for civil rights.
But honestly, it is mostly humorous that anxieties run so high that meat eaters are tattling on us for speaking the truth. They know their way of life is dying, much like the slave holder did in 1860, and are desperately clawing for dear life on the slippery slope of dogmatism. The 'Captain' of Trader Joe's informed me that I was disrupting someone making a 'personal choice'. How sad these people will appear in the history books... Murdered bodies around the store and they have the indecency to call it a 'personal choice.' Just as they once called slaves their 'property'.
And I will note just for clarity, I am in no way trying to compare the suffering of a slave with an animal. But rather focusing on the defense, justifications, and methods of abuse used by the oppressor in both instances. The similarities are too striking to ignore or leave unmentioned for fear of offending. It would do much harm to the cause of all civil rights to ignore the overwhelming amount of overlap between the two oppressors and forms of oppression. Please do not let this silence you, instead we must become louder and clearer that we will not suffer their ignorance silently. Things must change. Personal choices do not have victims.
To rephrase this all - I have been banned from Trader Joe's for defending the rights of an innocent victim in the hopes of preventing more suffering in the future. Trader Joe's has decided that if it can profit off an increased body count, it will ban paying customers to protect another customer's desire to pay for the abuse and murder of animals without having to face the reality behind this choice that is anything but personal.-
I am proud that I refused to be silent even if ultimately I am forever banned from this dealer of dead bodies.