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(Eater)   Whole Foods sues animal-rights activists to shut them up and stop their in-store protests   ( eater.com) divider line
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2018-09-23 01:32:42 PM  
Private property. Is there a debate?
 
2018-09-23 01:35:49 PM  
Foie gras.

Now I want some foie gras.
 
2018-09-23 04:05:56 PM  
Why are you protesting Whole Foods for animal cruelty?  Food Lion and other chains dwarf WF in size, sales, and don't give a flying fark about selling inhumane products.  It kinda makes you look like an asshole.
 
2018-09-23 04:29:24 PM  
This is crime.
 
2018-09-23 04:31:43 PM  

foo monkey: Why are you protesting Whole Foods for animal cruelty?  Food Lion and other chains dwarf WF in size, sales, and don't give a flying fark about selling inhumane products.  It kinda makes you look like an asshole.


Since protestors only believe in buying organic from Whole Foods and Trader Joes, it saves on the bicycling from protesting to grocery shopping.
 
2018-09-23 04:32:17 PM  

foo monkey: Why are you protesting Whole Foods for animal cruelty?  Food Lion and other chains dwarf WF in size, sales, and don't give a flying fark about selling inhumane products.  It kinda makes you look like an asshole.


It's like the anti-fur activists who throw paint on little old ladies but would never do it on a biker gang wearing leather jackets.

If they really wanted to protest, they do it at a Walmart. But that wouldn't get them as much attention from the people who's attention they really want (people who look and live like them, to be precise) as it would in protesting at the Berkley Whole Foods, of all places.
 
2018-09-23 05:32:11 PM  

foo monkey: Why are you protesting Whole Foods for animal cruelty? Food Lion and other chains dwarf WF in size, sales, and don't give a flying fark about selling inhumane products. It kinda makes you look like an asshole.


Give someone an inch, and they'll demand a mile. Whole food gives the appearance they care about this type of thing, so they'll get protestors demanding other stuff. Other places don't even give the pretense of caring, so they're left alone.
 
2018-09-23 05:45:41 PM  
How, exactly, do they think they'll affect the suppliers by annoying the consumers?

If the suppliers are committing acts of animal cruelty, then legal action should be taken against them.
 
2018-09-23 06:11:05 PM  

foo monkey: Why are you protesting Whole Foods for animal cruelty?  Food Lion and other chains dwarf WF in size, sales, and don't give a flying fark about selling inhumane products.  It kinda makes you look like an asshole.


The people that shop at Whole Foods are probably more likely to be sensitive to their cause.  They may ignore it, but they'll probably at least hear it.
 
2018-09-23 06:13:42 PM  

foo monkey: Why are you protesting Whole Foods for animal cruelty?  Food Lion and other chains dwarf WF in size, sales, and don't give a flying fark about selling inhumane products.  It kinda makes you look like an asshole.


Because they think it's be easier to get a chain like whole foods (who in no small part relies on it's healthy/sustainable image to overcharge you) to roll over, than it would be to get the Walmarts of the world to give a flying fark about anything than their bottom line.

They're just going after the low-hanging fruit.
 
2018-09-23 06:19:26 PM  

foo monkey: Why are you protesting Whole Foods for animal cruelty?  Food Lion and other chains dwarf WF in size, sales, and don't give a flying fark about selling inhumane products.  It kinda makes you look like an asshole.


To be fair WF isn't good in the fish department. Otherwise idk.
 
2018-09-23 06:21:34 PM  

Man On A Mission: foo monkey: Why are you protesting Whole Foods for animal cruelty?  Food Lion and other chains dwarf WF in size, sales, and don't give a flying fark about selling inhumane products.  It kinda makes you look like an asshole.

It's like the anti-fur activists who throw paint on little old ladies but would never do it on a biker gang wearing leather jackets.

If they really wanted to protest, they do it at a Walmart. But that wouldn't get them as much attention from the people who's attention they really want (people who look and live like them, to be precise) as it would in protesting at the Berkley Whole Foods, of all places.


reminds me of calling out protesters in front of needless markup in union square for their leather belts and boots.
 
2018-09-23 06:26:20 PM  

cyberspacedout: How, exactly, do they think they'll affect the suppliers by annoying the consumers?


Because annoying the consumers sufficiently may shame/force the chain into demanding visible changes from their suppliers, of cause them to switch to different suppliers with a better track record.

If the suppliers are committing acts of animal cruelty, then legal action should be taken against them.

Actionable proof can be hard to come by, and they may not have sufficient standing to sue a company several steps away from the consumer... Plus a there are a lot of grey areas here -- just because certain practices may be legal and common in an industry, doesn't mean that people may not expect things to be done better or more humane.
 
2018-09-23 06:28:45 PM  

Excelsior: foo monkey: Why are you protesting Whole Foods for animal cruelty?  Food Lion and other chains dwarf WF in size, sales, and don't give a flying fark about selling inhumane products.  It kinda makes you look like an asshole.

Because they think it's be easier to get a chain like whole foods (who in no small part relies on it's healthy/sustainable image to overcharge you) to roll over, than it would be to get the Walmarts of the world to give a flying fark about anything than their bottom line.

They're just going after the low-hanging fruit.


Well, also that it's implied that Whole Foods is "better" in general for crunchy types - organic, free range, antibiotic-free, locally-sourced, whatever. Even if they're not explicitly stating that their veal is cruelty-free, it might be assumed that Whole Foods goes out of its way to find the least objectionable veal it can. No one is going into Price Rite or Aldi's for $1.99/lb beef and wondering about cruelty, but someone may go into WF expecting that their $11/lb london broil was thoroughly researched by the store
 
2018-09-23 06:31:42 PM  

Man On A Mission: It's like the anti-fur activists who throw paint on little old ladies but would never do it on a biker gang wearing leather jackets.


To be fair, it can take a hundred chinchillas to make a fur coat, or half a cow to make a leather jacket.

If we truly wanted to reduce animal suffering, we would all eat blue whale instead of steak.
 
2018-09-23 06:44:45 PM  

Billy Liar: foo monkey: Why are you protesting Whole Foods for animal cruelty?  Food Lion and other chains dwarf WF in size, sales, and don't give a flying fark about selling inhumane products.  It kinda makes you look like an asshole.

The people that shop at Whole Foods are probably more likely to be sensitive to their cause.  They may ignore it, but they'll probably at least hear it.


That, and if you pull some protest stunt at Food Lion, you're gonna get stabbed.
 
2018-09-23 06:58:43 PM  
What if the group invested the legal fees and bail money into creating a store that meets their high standards?  Oh, wait, that's capitalism. Nevermind.
 
2018-09-23 07:00:29 PM  
You can't ban them from your stores and then call the cops if they show up anyway why?
 
2018-09-23 07:05:07 PM  

Excelsior: If we truly wanted to reduce animal suffering, we would all eat blue whale instead of steak.


And the whalers already have an effective anti-protester plan in place...

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2018-09-23 07:08:37 PM  

Excelsior: or half a cow to make a leather jacket


Can I get two leather jackets out of the same cow that my steaks, ribs and burgers came from?
 
2018-09-23 07:14:38 PM  
I don't get it....  These schmucks get their panties twisted sideways over Whole Foods, yet the majority of people shop at Trader Joe's or local chains.

Only shop at Whole Foods when I travel and personally its a fkn scam.
They're just cons taking money from the gullible flock.

Just amuses me that anyone even gives a shiat!

/Shiat's getting out of hand.
 
2018-09-23 08:13:32 PM  

Excelsior: To be fair, it can take a hundred chinchillas to make a fur coat, or half a cow to make a leather jacket.

If we truly wanted to reduce animal suffering, we would all eat blue whale instead of steak.


I once heard the Dalai Lama say (and I'm paraphrasing here) "If you have to eat meat, kill a single cow. That death will feed the village for a month. Shrimp cocktail for the crowd is more like the Holocaust."
 
2018-09-23 08:33:05 PM  

Excelsior: foo monkey: Why are you protesting Whole Foods for animal cruelty?  Food Lion and other chains dwarf WF in size, sales, and don't give a flying fark about selling inhumane products.  It kinda makes you look like an asshole.

Because they think it's be easier to get a chain like whole foods (who in no small part relies on it's healthy/sustainable image to overcharge you) to roll over, than it would be to get the Walmarts of the world to give a flying fark about anything than their bottom line.

They're just going after the low-hanging fruit.


They forgot that Amazon now owns Whole Foods and Jeff Bezos doesn't give a shiat about anyone and sleeps happily on a ever growing pile of money.
 
2018-09-23 08:39:47 PM  
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2018-09-23 08:39:59 PM  
I'm sympathetic to animal rights activists, I'm not sympathetic to clowns like this group though.

If they actually cared about making a difference (like Fatu did), they'd go after somebody else. Whole Foods? In Berkeley? That is the sin you're taking issue with? The only reason these fellows are doing that is because they want attention and think they can get an easy win.

I've dated a few PETA chicks over the years which was always odd because they looked like PETA people and I do not. I respected their passion and I was eventually able to win them over to my viewpoint that PETA prioritized attention over results and that PETA's interests, if they were what they were claimed to be, would be better served by appealing to reasonable people rather than trying to shock people with jackass tactics.

Start small and move forward, I get that part of it but picking a fight with a company that is far more generally aligned with your presumed outlook on life, even if you feel it to not be meeting your standards, is entirely asinine. Especially so because you think they'll just roll right on over.

Brent Musburger vs. Tree-Sitters on ABC
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"Three for one is a very good deal if you're a tree hugger." --- Brent Musburger, sage of our times.

That is the mentality of the people these nutjobs are going after. Whackadoodles vs. screwballs.
 
2018-09-23 08:45:23 PM  

cyberspacedout: How, exactly, do they think they'll affect the suppliers by annoying the consumers?

If the suppliers are committing acts of animal cruelty, then legal action should be taken against them.


*rips bong* But man, there's a lot of them and  *exhales* they're all spread out.
 
2018-09-23 08:55:48 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Foie gras.

Now I want some foie gras.


illegal in calif

I want to get a "rehomed" rabbit off craigslist and butcher it at their next rally.
 
2018-09-23 09:44:21 PM  

MarkMartinFan: Marcus Aurelius: Foie gras.

Now I want some foie gras.

illegal in calif

I want to get a "rehomed" rabbit off craigslist and butcher it at their next rally.


Seriously? Damn. I finally tried some and loved it.
 
2018-09-23 10:00:45 PM  

Excelsior: cyberspacedout: How, exactly, do they think they'll affect the suppliers by annoying the consumers?

Because annoying the consumers sufficiently may shame/force the chain into demanding visible changes from their suppliers, of cause them to switch to different suppliers with a better track record.


Even if the management caved in to the idea, does Whole Foods really have much leverage over its suppliers? Walmart does, but it's managed by assholes who won't listen, so I can see why the protesters are going elsewhere.
 
2018-09-23 10:38:01 PM  

cyberspacedout: Excelsior: cyberspacedout: How, exactly, do they think they'll affect the suppliers by annoying the consumers?

Because annoying the consumers sufficiently may shame/force the chain into demanding visible changes from their suppliers, of cause them to switch to different suppliers with a better track record.

Even if the management caved in to the idea, does Whole Foods really have much leverage over its suppliers? Walmart does, but it's managed by assholes who won't listen, so I can see why the protesters are going elsewhere.


everyone bashes walmat, they have 2,000,000+ workers if one can't do their job get rid of them and give one of the billion workers a chance to can do the job. for everybody that works at walmart there is someone trying to get a job at walmart.
 
2018-09-23 10:40:59 PM  
Looks like Whole Foods wasn't as chaste as advertised when Amazon married her.    Should have met the future in-laws.
 
2018-09-24 01:15:52 AM  

edmo: Private property. Is there a debate?


You can't apply sane logic to an insane group.

In reality, no debate. In their mind, fark you.
 
2018-09-24 01:39:25 AM  
What, are there no fast food chains in their state to protest?
 
2018-09-24 02:34:08 AM  

Gonz: Excelsior: To be fair, it can take a hundred chinchillas to make a fur coat, or half a cow to make a leather jacket.

If we truly wanted to reduce animal suffering, we would all eat blue whale instead of steak.

I once heard the Dalai Lama say (and I'm paraphrasing here) "If you have to eat meat, kill a single cow. That death will feed the village for a month. Shrimp cocktail for the crowd is more like the Holocaust."


That, plus with blue whale you don't have to wonder whether or not it was battery raised. They are probably the most 'free range' creatures on the planet.
 
2018-09-24 06:01:48 AM  

Man On A Mission: But that wouldn't get them as much attention from the people who's attention


*twitch*
 
2018-09-24 07:10:51 AM  

cyberspacedout: How, exactly, do they think they'll affect the suppliers by annoying the consumers?


This. If you disagree with their choice of suppliers, go protest the corporate office and annoy them. You're not doing a damn thing by farking with the poor schlubs who are just trying to pick up dinner after a hard days work.
 
2018-09-25 12:09:09 AM  

Gonz: I once heard the Dalai Lama say (and I'm paraphrasing here) "If you have to eat meat, kill a single cow. That death will feed the village for a month. Shrimp cocktail for the crowd is more like the Holocaust."


Anyone who thinks they can weigh the suffering of a cow against a shrimp is a nincompoop. You ain't been either one. Or if you believe in reincarnation, I still don't believe you remember being either one.
 
2018-09-25 01:34:27 AM  

itcamefromschenectady: Gonz: I once heard the Dalai Lama say (and I'm paraphrasing here) "If you have to eat meat, kill a single cow. That death will feed the village for a month. Shrimp cocktail for the crowd is more like the Holocaust."

Anyone who thinks they can weigh the suffering of a cow against a shrimp is a nincompoop. You ain't been either one. Or if you believe in reincarnation, I still don't believe you remember being either one.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Egg​_​(short_story)
 
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